Show Me The Missions Deficits and Defense While they may differ on the numbers, both the Obama administration and key members of Congress have acknowledged that Pentagon spending must be a part of any genuine deficit reduction plan. But the question of whether or how much to cut defense spending ultimately hinges on a larger question: what missions do we want our armed forces to undertake? From preparing to fight major operations like Iraq and Afghanistan, to responding to China's growing military capabilities, to joining in coalition efforts against tyrants in Libya and elsewhere, there is no lack of potential missions for the U.S. armed forces. The question is which missions are essential, which are secondary, and which, if any, may be addressed through non-military means. Join a panel of policy experts to explore these timely and critical policy issues. PARTICIPANTS Speakers Mackenzie Eaglen Research Fellow for National Security Studies, Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies Heritage Foundation Lawrence J. Korb Senior Fellow Center for American Progress Christopher A. Preble Director, Foreign Policy Studies Cato Institute Moderator William D. Hartung Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation Director, Arms and Security Project, Center for International Policy
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