"There is a lack of understanding by policymakers about how bad the drawdown is hurting capacity and readiness and how much is required to reverse course. It goes beyond simply halting sequestration to restoring defense budget growth that is slightly above inflation to keep the Defense Department afloat."
"Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s departure is not good news for a military already struggling to absorb ever more budget cuts on top of ever rising demands and a Pentagon bureaucracy unsure about itself while about to have its fourth change in command in six years."
In The Hill, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen explains why Washington is in denial about two major realities:
"All too soon, America won’t be able to take on this range of challenges. Indeed, it’s not even clear that we still can today."
"The onslaught of cyber-espionage against U.S. firms and defense contractors, intelligence community reforms – including the National Security Agency – and a deal with Iran that bypasses Congress will all require robust oversight and action."
"As the midterm elections loom, voters should keep in mind not only the price of American power, but the costs of American disengagement."
"Growing global insecurity is now directly affecting America’s economic prosperity, and Washington will have to address both at some point no matter what. The question is whether policymakers will chose to pay now or pay more later."
"Sequestration is a term only Washington could love. What it translates into are automatic budget cuts because politicians could not agree on how to make more sensible and bipartisan ones."
In U.S. News & World Report, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses the defense budget cuts:
"While no one party shares all the culpability for this paralysis, all policymakers have a mutual responsibility to fix the growing crisis and become effective advocates for America's men and women in uniform."