May 9
Thursday 11AM EST

The Ongoing Budgetary Impasse and Its Impact on National Defense

Featuring:
Robert Zarate
Policy Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative

Todd Harrison
Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The Honorable Jim Talent
Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation, and Former Member of the United States Senate (R-MO).

Hosted by:
Patrick Louis Knudsen
Grover M. Hermann Senior Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs

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Live webcast on heritage.org.


KEY RESEARCH & RESOURCES

What can be done about the ongoing budget impasse? How will defense sequester cuts impact military readiness?

$150 Billion in Spending Cuts to Offset Defense Sequestration $150 Billion in Spending Cuts to Offset Defense Sequestration
By Patrick Louis Knudsen

Fix Defense Sequestration – Without Tax Increases Fix Defense Sequestration – Without Tax Increases
By Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. and Alison Acosta Fraser

Budget Control Act Sequestration Would Hit Defense Hardest Budget Control Act Sequestration Would Hit Defense Hardest
The Budget Control Act’s $1.2 trillion automatic sequestration cuts, out of $46.3 trillion in total spending, would impose draconian cuts on defense (on top of an estimated $407 billion in cuts from its spending caps).

Obama Budget Would Make Defense the Lowest Budget Priority Obama Budget Would Make Defense the Lowest Budget Priority
President Obama's budget would lower defense spending below other major budget priorities, weakening military readiness. By 2018, the U.S. would spend more on interest on the debt than on protecting the country.

Even Eliminating Defense Spending Completely Would Not Balance the Budget Even Eliminating Defense Spending Completely Would Not Balance the Budget
Unsustainable entitlement spending is the key driver of future deficits. Rather than tackle them directly, some would cut defense.

About Protect America Month

Over the past 20 years, administrations of both political parties have underfunded the military. Today, as the economy stalls and the government appears to be unable to control spending in other areas, defense spending is under attack again. Two decades of underinvestment and a decade of military conflict have left the U.S. military too small and inadequately equipped to answer the nation’s call today, much less tomorrow. In its fifth annual Protect America Month, The Heritage Foundation will highlight the need for increased defense spending. Throughout the month, leading conservatives and defense experts will showcase why we must commit to protecting America in an increasingly dangerous world.

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