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  • CSBA Strategic Choices Exercise Outbrief Video: Part 2
    Thomas Donnelly, AEI, May 29, 2013In an exercise hosted by CSBA, Donnelly and colleagues at AEI offer their plan for strategy and rebalancing at the Department of Defense based on a reduced budget.
  • 'I Can’t Do It'
    Thomas Donnelly, The Weekly Standard, April 15, 2013As a result of sequestration, the U.S. military will not be well prepared for any unforeseen contingency, or in fact for a foreseeable contingency, such as North Korea and Iran present on a daily basis, that would require a substantial response force.
  • The F-35: A Must-Have We Can Afford
    Thomas Donnelly and Phillip Lohaus, American Enterprise Institute, January 24, 2013The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program has been criticized for cost overruns and project delays, but to what extent does it actually drive the overall budget? Not that much.
  • Mass and Supremacy: A Comprehensive Case for the F-35
    Thomas Donnelly and Phillip Lohaus, American Enterprise Institute, January 23, 2013If the F-35 is not accelerated and sustained, the United States will essentially have skipped a generation of military modernization.
  • Defense Spending 101: The Truth About U.S. Military Spending
    Thomas Donnelly, Gary Schmitt and Mackenzie Eaglen, American Enterprise Institute, November 13, 2012Questions about what America spends on defense versus what other nations spend on defense should be understood in the context of what we ask our military to do, what our role in the world is, and who our enemies and adversaries are and are likely to be.
  • Tom Donnelly on the Coming Year in Defense Spending
    Thomas Donnelly, American Enterprise Institute, January 9, 2012In these fiscally difficult times both democrats and republicans have put defense spending on the table. This would be monetarily and fiscally imprudent—it wouldn’t save much money, and more important, it would undercut America’s place in the world.
  • Defending Defense: Defense Spending, the Super Committee and the Price of Greatness
    Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt, Defending Defense, November 17, 2011The future of America’s national security hangs in the balance.
  • Warning: Hollow Force Ahead! The Effect of Ever More Defense Budget Cuts on US Armed Forces
    Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt, Heritage Foundation, Foreign Policy Initiative, Defending Defense, July 21, 2011National security is neither a “sacred cow” nor just another federal budget line item. Providing for the common defense of the American people and our homeland is the primary responsibility of policymakers in Washington.


  • Defense Strategy in Fiscal Austerity, Part 2
    Andrew Krepinevich, This Week in Defense News with Vago MuradianKrepinevich discusses a new national security strategy for a more austere future.
  • American Defense Budget and the Future of U.S. Landpower
    Andrew Krepinevich, U.S. Army War College, April 11, 2013U.S. Army War College Annual Strategy Conference keynote speech by Krepinevich.
  • Conference Call with Andrew Krepinevich on the Future of U.S. Defense Spending
    Andrew Krepinevich and Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, February 14, 2013Krepinevich discusses defense spending with Gideon Rose.
  • Strategy in a Time of Austerity: Why the Pentagon Should Focus on Assuring Access
    Andrew Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, November/December 2012The Pentagon should turn its focus away from repelling traditional cross-border invasions and pursuing regime change followed by stability operations—and concentrate instead on assuring access to key regions and the global commons.
  • Why AirSea Battle?
    Andrew Krepinevich, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, 2010The United States Air Force and Navy are committed to pursuing a new operational concept called AirSea Battle which appears designed to assess how US power-projection capabilities can be preserved in the face of the military challenges posed by China and Iran.

  • Obama’s 2014 Military Spending Request
    Benjamin Friedman, Cato, April 11, 2013The Obama administration $640.5 billion fiscal year 2014 request for military spending authority is predictably unrealistic and excessive.
  • A Sequestration Solution for the Pentagon
    Benjamin Friedman, Reuters, February 28, 2013Sequestration is not a dirty word. It forces choice, which the U.S. political system evades — especially when spending in the name of defense.
  • Defense Sense: Options for National Defense Savings, Fiscal Year 2013
    Carl Conetta, Charles Knight, Ethan Rosenkranz, Christopher Preble and Benjamin Friedman, The Commonwealth Institute, May 15, 2012This report outlines a series of options for defense savings in FY 2013.
  • Why the U.S. Military Budget Is ‘Foolish and Sustainable’
    Benjamin Friedman and Justin Logan, Orbis, Spring 2012What defense budget the United States should have and what defense budget it can afford are separate questions.
  • Budgetary Savings from Military Restraint
    Benjamin Friedman and Christopher Preble, Cato, September 21, 2010The United States needs a defense budget worthy of its name, one that protects Americans rather than wasting vast sums embroiling us in controversies remote from our interests.

  • Against: KORI SCHAKE

  • National Defense in a Time of Change
    Gary Roughead and Kori Schake, Hamilton Project, February 2013The current international order provides an opportunity for U.S. policymakers to put the defense budget in order, and the long- term federal budget outlook makes seizing this opportunity essential.
  • Budget Follies
    Kori Schake, Foreign Policy, April 12, 2013It's hard not to despair about the irresponsibility of politicians in Congress, the White House, and the Pentagon (suited and uniformed) watching the FY2014 budget process unfold.
  • Five Things Hagel Should Do Now
    Kori Schake, Foreign Policy, March 1, 2013The odds are slim that Hagel will become a strong and capable secretary. In order to boost the odds of his success, he quickly needs to send signals throughout the organization that he can command respect.
  • 15 Ways to Rethink the Federal Budget, Part I: Budgeting for a Modern Military
    Panel Discussion, Brookings Institution, February 22, 2013Discussion of budget proposals by co-authors Admiral Gary Roughhead and Kori Schake (misspelled in transcript) and Cindy Williams.
  • Panetta Still Isn’t Facing Up to His Pentagon Budget Disaster
    Kori Schake, Foreign Policy, February 5, 2013Our country is a very long way from living within our means. Sequestration going into effect will not even reduce our national debt -- it will only slow its growth.


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  • A Hollow Military Again?
    James Kitfield, National Journal, June 12, 2013Military leaders are frustrated by the knowledge that the sequester is not only forcing them to spend precious dollars inefficiently but also depleting the preparedness of the force in a way that will be costly and time-consuming to restore.
  • Defense Sequestration: America’s Strategic Cliff
    Gary J. Schmitt, Domenici Institute Forum, April 18, 2013While we know what today’s costs for keeping this global preeminence are, we are losing sight of what the much larger bill might be, should we lose it.
  • U.S. Military Technological Supremacy Under Threat
    Mackenzie Eaglen, Julia Pollack, AEI, November 28, 2012Despite the benefits of military research spending, there tend to be powerful short-term incentives to reduce defense R&D investments.
  • Slashing America's Defense: A Suicidal Trajectory
    Max Boot, Commentary, January 2012Cuts to defense spending have the potential to devastate the U.S. armed forces, and if left unchecked, will do more damage to their fighting capacity than the Taliban, al-Qaeda, or any other external foe could inflict.
  • The Peril of Sequestration
    Frederick W. Kagan, National Review, April 19, 2013Sequestration has done material harm to America’s national security at a dangerous moment.
  • Hale: Sequestration Devastates U.S. Military Readiness
    Cheryl Pellerin, American Forces Press Service, May 10, 2013Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the severe and abrupt budget cuts imposed by sequestration are devastating the U.S. armed forces.
  • FPI Analysis: Obama’s FY 2014 Defense Budget & the Sequestration Standoff
    Robert Zarate, Foreign Policy Initiative, April 11, 2013So long as the prevailing stereotype about the spiraling and inexorable growth of military spending remains unchallenged, we will keep looking to defense cuts to avoid the hard choices required to genuinely constrain the major drivers of America’s deficit and debt.
  • Impacts of a Continuing Resolution and Sequestration on Defense
    Armed Services Committee Hearing, February 13, 2013Witness statements from General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps; Ashton Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense; General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; General Frank Grass, Chief, National Guard Bureau; Admiral Jonathan Greenart, Chief of Naval Operations; General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army; and General Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force.