Intelligence Squared: Cutting The Pentagon's Budget Is A Gift To Our Enemies

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 @4:30pm

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 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?

Location: Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Debate Reception Time: 4:30 p.m.

Debate Start Time: 5:30 p.m.

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