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CIP: How Much for Defense?

How Much For Defense? National Security and Foreign Policy on a Budget

The World Affairs Councils of America is pleased to announce its partnership with the Center for International Policy on a new Engage America Speaker Series focused on U.S. defense spending.
About the Program:
As the United States begins to emerge from more than a decade of war, its policymakers have begun to focus on a debate over how best to address the security threats of the 21st Century. Over the past decade, the Pentagon has received an unprecedented increase in its budget, bringing it to the highest levels since World War II. As former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen has noted, at times this generous flow of funds has reduced budget discipline and relieved the Pentagon of the need to make "hard choices" in deciding how best to defend the country. Meanwhile, as the nation struggles with a mounting debt, non-military components of foreign policy such as diplomacy and international economic development have seen dramatic cutbacks.
Now, with policymakers embroiled in a series of budget battles, it is time to begin making Adm. Mullen's hard choices. To do so involves a rethinking of national security and foreign policy. It is a debate that must be had but to-date has too often been dominated by partisan politics and parochial interests.
At a time when the greatest threats to the country include nuclear proliferation, cyber-attacks, and mass casualty terrorism, what balance should be struck between traditional military forces and new technologies and strategies?  What role should diplomacy, economic assistance, and other elements of our foreign policy tool kit play in addressing and preventing our most urgent national security challenges?  What role should our allies play in this new security environment?  And what do the answers to these and other related questions tell us about how much to spend for defense, and for what purposes?
As President Eisenhower noted in his farewell address over 50 years ago, the key to forging an effective national security policy is "an alert and knowledgeable citizenry." Toward that end, the Center for International Policy is offering a policy forum to local councils of the World Affairs Councils of America. These forums include insight and analysis from some of the leading experts on these important issues whose experience includes working in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill, as well as working at our nation's leading think tanks.
Schedule of Events
Speaker: Bill Hartung
Speaker: Larry Korb
 Speaker:  Bill Hartung
Speaker: Larry Korb
Lawrence J. Korb
Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress and an expert on federal budget, national security and the military. He is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the Center for American Progress he was a senior fellow and director of national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, director of defense studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and served as assistant secretary of defense from 1981-1985.
William D Hartung
Director, Arms and Security Project with the Center for International Policy. He is the author of several books concerning U.S. defense policy and arms sales, the most recent one being Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex. His articles on security issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. He formerly served as the director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he served as the director of the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute.
Christopher Preble  
Vice President for Defense and Foriegn Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of three books, the most recent one being The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous and Less Free. Preble has published over 150 articles in major publications including Financial Times, Harvard International Review and Foreign Policy. Before joining the Cato Institute, he taught history at St. Cloud State University and Temple University. Dr. Preble was also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and served onboard USS Ticonderoga from 1990-1993.



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