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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

RELEASE: New Report: Strategic Priorities Must Guide Reshaping of Pentagon Spending

 Washington, DC — Earlier today, the National Security Network released an important new report, “Reshaping Pentagon Spending and Capabilities: Setting Priorities for the Future,“ arguing that the debate over Pentagon spending levels must initially focus on identifying and prioritizing the serious 21st-century threats currently facing the nation. In order for Congress to effectively guide the allocation of taxpayer dollars, the Pentagon must clearly communicate its top strategic priorities, stop protecting flawed and antiquated weapons systems designed to respond to the threats of the Cold War and pursue low-risk tradeoffs that allow investment in the tools needed to advance U.S. interests in a changing security environment.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT According  to the New York Times, last week, five of the Pentagon’s former chief operating officers joined together to push for… Read More ›

Asia RebalanceCompetitivenessWednesday, March 13, 2013

REPORT: Reshaping Pentagon Spending and Capabilities

Reshaping Pentagon Spending and Capabilities: Setting Priorities for the Future By Bill French March 2013 A NEW PHASE of the debate over Pentagon spending is on the horizon. On March 1, sequestration went into effect as mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) and as modified by the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Under sequestration, Pentagon spending is to be reduced by approximately $500 billion over the next decade. But whether or not sequestration is the mechanism of reductions, what the Pentagon needs now are choices about U.S. strategic priorities in order to guide allocating resources.  Therefore, whereas the debate prior to sequestration focused tightly on budgetary considerations, the next round of debate over funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) will likely focus on the… Read More ›

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