On Tuesday, May 15, join the American Enterprise Institute, the Center for a New American Security and the New America Foundation to discuss an issue sure to face the next administration: U.S. defense spending in light of American grand strategy. With the "sequestration" mechanism set to cut at least $500 billion from the Department of Defense, on top of budget reductions in recent years, discussants will consider how these cuts could affect defense policy. Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy will provide introductory remarks.
This event continues a unique collaboration among these institutions in the presidential campaign season, "Election 2012: The National Security Budget." Past conversations covered the U.S. role in the world and policy in East Asia, and a later event will consider U.S. relations with the greater Middle East.
12:45 p.m. - Registration
1:00 p.m. - Remarks
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Resident Fellow and Co-Director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Senior National Security Fellow, New America Foundation
Former Advisor on South Asia to Vice President Cheney
Washington Bureau Chief, The Economist
2:30 p.m. - Adjournment
Election 2012: Informing the National Security Agenda was launched on March 15 with a kickoff discussion on America's role in the world and the strategies this might suggest for the elected commander-in-chief.
Future Events Include:
The U.S. and the Greater Middle East, keynote to be announced
July 17, 2012
New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW #400 Washington, DC
About the Series:
This fall's presidential election comes at a critical moment for the United States and the world. The demands for U.S. leadership are substantial--particularly in the dynamic Middle East and Asia-Pacific--yet fiscal challenges are forcing reductions in American military power and defense spending, sparking new thinking about American engagement with the world. In this important election season, many Americans will look to the next U.S. president to repair the economy, but he will nonetheless inherit complicated military and diplomatic engagements and govern as commander-in-chief of the globe's most powerful nation. As a result, the discussion of national security issues must take a central role in the 2012 presidential election.
This event is the third in a series of four campaign-season seminars on the critical issues of U.S. foreign and defense policy, sponsored by AEI, the Center for a New American Security and the New America Foundation.