Defend and Reform: The Future of America's Defense Spending

December 11, 2012
Join The Weekly Standard's William Kristol, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Kelly Ayotte and other experts as they discuss the critical issue of defense spending


Tuesday, December 11

11:55 am EST Michael O'Hanlon: How Deep Should We Cut Defense Spending     Watch On-Demand
Michael O'Hanlon asks the question how deep should we cut defense spending?

  • William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
12:15 pm EST Senator Lindsey Graham on the Impending Defense Cuts     Watch On-Demand
United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of the Senate Armed Services Committee discusses the potential impact of the impending defense cuts.

  • United States Senator Lindsey Graham, [R-SC], Senate Armed Services Committee
12:25 pm EST Defend & Reform: The Future of America's Defense Spending     Watch On-Demand
An expert panel on American security and defense discuss the future of America's defense spending.

  • Moderator: William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Pete Hegseth, CEO, Concerned Veterans for America & Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran
  • Congressman Tim Griffin, 2nd District of Arkansas
  • Russell Rumbaugh, Dir. of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs & Defense, Stimson Center
  • Steve Bucci, Senior Defense & Homeland Security Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

About this conference

Sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America, "DEFEND & REFORM: The Future of America's Defense Spending" will diagnose defense spending challenges and offer practical solutions. Speakers will include: Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, Pete Hegseth, Concerned Veterans for America, Russell Rumbaugh, Stimson Center, and more.

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About Concerned Veterans for America

We are veterans. We are the family members of those who proudly wore the uniform. We come from every branch of uniformed service, with service histories stretching from World War II to the War on Terror. We come from all walks of life and live in every community across the United States.

There is a strong belief that the freedoms we have defended – that our friends and loved ones suffered and died for – are threatened by the irresponsibility, broken promises, and misguided priorities in Washington. We contend that veterans, service-members, and their families are, and will continue to be, disproportionately affected by the current economic crises. We must rally to continue fighting as active citizens, just as we fought as soldiers.

Throughout our years of service, through many deployments around the world, we have seen firsthand what happens when freedom and free markets are interfered with and fail. After our service, we have watched our elected leaders fail to rise to the tests they face. We are committed to the historical promise of our nation, which is that all Americans have an equal opportunity to pursue prosperity. We affirm this commitment by working to return to the tradition of limited, effective government and disciplined administration through which this nation has weathered many past storms, so that those men and women who have given the most in service to the nation will not be denied their chance to enjoy that prosperity . We believe that it is our duty to stand as active citizens in defense of the freedoms that create that opportunity for prosperity, and to lead our fellow veterans in this new mission.

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