Could this be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will the impact damage military readiness and endanger national security?
Political gridlock in Washington triggered across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, in March. As a result, the Pentagon has six months to eliminate $41 billion from the current year's budget, and unlike past cuts, this time everything is on the table. In 2011, America spent $711 billion dollars on its defense—more than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. But the burdens it shoulders, both at home and abroad, are unprecedented. Intelligence Squared US: "Is Cutting the Pentagon's Budget a Gift to Our Enemies?", airing Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD -1.5-2,debates if the sequester could be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will its impact damage military readiness and endanger national security?
Speaking for the motion: Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr., President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments; Thomas Donnelly, Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at American Enterprise Institute Speaking against the motion: Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow, CATO Institute.