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Protecting U.S. national security in the 21st century will require all the tools of American power – military, diplomatic, development, and homeland defense. Our defensive and preventative programs, however, continue to be funded at a fraction of the Pentagon’s nearly $700 billion budget and are at risk of further cuts.
Please join keynote speaker Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, for a discussion of the Obama administration’s efforts to achieve a true national security budget for the United States. Deputy Nides has been at the forefront of pushing for new, innovative budget measures for State and USAID operations.
Following Deputy Nides’ remarks, featured panelists Miriam Pemberton and Lawrence Korb will discuss a new report on the FY 2012 Unified Security Budget. This report argues that combining the budgets of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and State into one Unified Security Budget would enable us to rebalance our security portfolio and better protect American interests at home and abroad. CAP senior fellow Richard Verma will moderate the discussion.
Thomas R. Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Department of State
Richard Verma, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Legislative Affairs