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Please join us for an evening of debate presented by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and The McCain Institute for International Leadership. Tickets to this unique evening are free and must be reserved in advance.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Reception: 4:30-5:15 P.M.
Debate: 5:30-7:00 P.M.
Moderated by veteran Intelligence Squared and ABC news correspondent John Donvan, alongisde two dynamic teams of debaters, Intelligence Squared U.S. and The McCain Institute present the motion: CUTTING THE PENTAGON'S BUDGET IS A GIFT TO OUR ENEMIES
For The Motion:
Thomas Donnelly, Co-Director, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, AEI
Andrew Krepinevich, President, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
Against The Motion:
Benjamin Friedman, Research Fellow, Cato Institute
Kori Schake, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
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. Could the sequester be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will its impact damage military readiness and endanger national security?
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