2013 FPI Forum: What Defense Does America Need?

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What Defense Does America Need?

Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

Amb. Eric Edelman, FPI Board Director and former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim, Center for Naval Analyses and former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer)

Moderated by Bradley Peniston, Editor, Armed Forces Journal

What Defense Does America Need?
Rudy deLeon, Center for American Progress and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense
Amb. Eric Edelman, FPI Board Director and former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Dr. Dov S. Zakheim, Center for Naval Analyses and former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller/Chief Financial Officer)
Moderator: Bradley Peniston, Editor, Armed Forces Journal - See more at: http://www.foreignpolicyi.org/2013forum#sthash.6JhuIyYH.dpuf

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Key RUSH Quotes

Dr. Dov S. Zakheim on defense: “When we think about defense, we have to be careful not to cut those things that will be impossible to replenish once the money starts coming in again.”
 
Dr. Zakheim on defense: “There are things we can do, but what we shouldn’t do… is eliminate those capabilities that we will bitterly regret not having should some new contingency come up that of course we did not foresee.”
 
Dr. Zakheim on the military’s role in global stability: “America’s economic security… really depends on stability, and stability depends on the United States' ability to maintain its military capability.  That has been the underpinning of international stability.  And so these quarterly reports, where every quarter or every 4 months you have no idea where the United States is going to be, leads people to ask what I have been asked from foreigners from every part of the world: 'are you guys crazy?' That is not a way to promote stability.”
 
Amb. Eric Edelman on military’s role: “We have provided for the public good.  I think what the events of the last month and a half, and I would both include the budgetary issues and also the debate over Syria, have begun I think for first time in my adult lifetime to call that into question – that is whether the United States is willing to continue to provide these global public goods.”
 
Rudy deLeon: “[W]e've got to figure out how to work together and then no top line in the world is going to satisfy our national security requirements if we dont deal with these cost drivers that are there in present day-to-day.”

 

 

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