2014 FPI Forum: Rebuilding the American Defense Consensus

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Rebuilding the American Defense Consensus

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Governor of Louisiana

Senator Jim Talent (R-MO), Member, National Defense Panel (Moderator)

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Key Quotes

“What’s so disturbing about our budget today is [that] the last time there was a credible, bottom-up review process is when then-Secretary Gates came forward and said this is what we need, for modernization, for training. And he himself suggested efficiencies. He himself suggested programs that could be consolidated or cancelled. And instead of countering that with a different analysis, the president literally picked a number out of thin air. There was no defense or rationale for it. He said, ‘No. Instead, we’re going to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from … [our] own secretary of defense’s budget.’”

– Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)

“One of the most effective ways to deter Russian aggression, I believe, would be if we had the ability, through NATO, to have some brigades, several brigades, stationed in some of our eastern European allies, countries that are hungry for American leadership. But as we reduce and hollow out our military, it’s not clear at all that we’re going to have the resources to do that. …"

– Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)

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