Defense Reform Consensus: The Left & The Right Agree It's Past Time to Act

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, EDT

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    Modernizing and streamlining reforms are required regardless of the size of the defense budget. The question should not be “why?” but “how?” Please join a bipartisan group of DC’s leading national security scholars and members of Congress as they discuss necessary and overdue structural defense reforms, including military compensation, infrastructure reduction, and the size and makeup of the Pentagon’s civilian workforce. This diverse and bipartisan group agrees on these common-sense fixes to long-term challenges at the Defense Department; problems that if unresolved will threaten our national security. For more information on the open letter and a list of the signatories, please see below.


    Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman, House Committee on Armed Services Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member, House Committee on Armed Services Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Member, Senate Committee on Armed Services Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), Member, House Committee on Armed Services


    Phillip Carter, Center for a New American Security Ryan Crotty, Center for Strategic and International Studies Janine Davidson, Council on Foreign Relations Mackenzie Eaglen, American Enterprise Institute Mieke Eoyang, Third Way Todd Harrison, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Lawrence Korb, Center for American Progress Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution


    Russell 325, Kennedy Caucus Room Senate Russell Office Building Washington, DC 20002

    Defense Reform Consensus Letter

    The full letter can be found here (

    Letter Signatories

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    Event Contact Information

    For more information, please contact, 202.862.5813.

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