Defense Budget


A Conversation with Senator Jim Webb

Speaker: Jim Webb
Presider: Doyle McManus


A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and highly-decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, Senator Jim Webb served as secretary of the Navy under President Reagan and was elected by Virginians to the U.S. Senate in 2006. He is a member of the Senate Committees on Foreign Relations, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, and is chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Please join Senator Webb to discuss his work in the Senate and his views on U.S. national security strategy.



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A Conversation with Barney Frank

Speaker: Barney Frank

C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics: The Emperor has too Many Clothes: Adjusting America's Military Spending to Reality

Congressman Frank will discuss the impossibility of significant deficit reduction in the United States without significant reductions in military spending.


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Rebalancing and Reforming Defense: Quadrennial Defense Review 2010

Speaker: Michèle Flournoy
Presider: Thom Shanker

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR–the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration–join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.


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A Conversation with Ashton B. Carter

Speaker: Ashton Carter
Speaker: Lynn Davis

In a time of increasingly scarce resources, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will be reevaluating spending and reprioritizing defense projects. Please join Ashton B. Carter to discuss the Obama administration’s assessment of defense resources and priorities, and DOD’s shifting relationships with Capitol Hill and the business community.

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Expert Roundup

Reviewing the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review

Authors: Steven Kosiak, Robert L. McClure, Col. Ken Allard, and Lt. Gen. Bernard Trainor

The new Pentagon strategic plan calls for a more mobile, modern U.S. military capable of meeting threats posed by non-state actors like al-Qaeda. inteviews four military experts for their views on whether the Quadrennial Defense Review creates a force that is sustainable and adequate for the task at hand.

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Military-Industrial Complex, Fifty Years On

Leslie H. Gelb interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Fifty years after President Eisenhower's warning, the "military-industrial complex" still thrives and dictates national priorities, says CFR's Les Gelb, who argues that President Obama should make a case for building a strong domestic economy as a national security issue.

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Deficits in a Growing Defense Budget

Todd Harrison interviewed by Greg Bruno

The Obama administration's proposed defense budget fails to align spending with calls to rebuild the military to handle irregular warfare, says expert Todd Harrison. He also cites an inability to get personnel costs under control.

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Must Read

Reuters: Behind the Pentagon's Doctored Ledgers, a Running Tally of Epic Waste

Author: Scot J. Paltrow

"At the DFAS offices that handle accounting for the Army, Navy, Air Force and other defense agencies, fudging the accounts with false entries is standard operating procedure, Reuters has found. And plugging isn't confined to DFAS (pronounced DEE-fass). Former military service officials say record-keeping at the operational level throughout the services is rife with made-up numbers to cover lost or missing information."

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