With gridlock a central feature of Washington politics, it is all the more remarkable when conservatives, libertarians, liberals and centrists agree. When it comes to military spending, these groups are united around the imperative for structural Pentagon reforms to address rising internal costs relating to excess domestic bases, to the size of the US Department of Defense (DOD)’s civilian workforce, and to military compensation.
While acting to address these politically sensitive areas will not be easy, the Pentagon no longer has an option. As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has argued, “the biggest long-term fiscal challenge facing the Department is not the flat or declining topline budget. It is the growing imbalance in where that money is being spent internally.”
Join representatives from the AEI, the Brookings Institution, the Cato Institute, the Center for American Progress, the Center for a New American Security, the Center for Strategic in Budgetary Assessments, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Foreign Policy Initiative, and the Stimson Center as they discuss the bipartisan consensus surrounding the need for fundamental reform at DOD.
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