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Co-chaired by former U.S. Senate Budget Committee Chair Pete Domenici, former Secretary of Agriculture and former Chairman, U.S. House Select Intelligence Committee Dan Glickman and former National Security Advisor General James Jones, BPC’s Task Force on Defense Budget and Strategy is a joint effort of its Economic Policy and Foreign Policy Projects. It leverages the strengths and perspectives of those two projects and builds on the work of BPC’s Domenici-Rivlin Debt Reduction Task Force. The task force’s first report, released in June 2012, offers a detailed and thorough analysis of the mechanics, implementation and effects of the sequester. The report recognizes the extraordinary nature of the sequester, and that the primary issue is not the size or focus of its cuts but the arbitrary manner in which they are executed. It concludes that allowing the sequester to take effect would be indefensible, severely undermining our economic and military strength. By addressing the drivers of Department of Defense spending – personnel, overhead and acquisition costs – the defense budget can be brought in line with current fiscal constraints without sacrificing national security. The task force will issue a follow-up report over the next few months, which will propose a defense strategy and a series of reforms leading to a more efficient defense budget that is consistent with evolving national security and fiscal imperatives.


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Blog Posts

The Consequences of the Sequester

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Sequestration Preparations, Procedures, and Problems

Memo: Non-Defense Sequester Mechanics and Economic Effects

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sequester

The 2013 Sequester May Not Be What You Think

Three Reasons Why $1.2 Trillion Isn’t Really $1.2 Trillion


Media Highlights

Associated Press: Report: Automatic defense cuts undercut Obama plan

C-SPAN’s Washington Journal VIDEO: BPC’s Steve Bell discusses impact of sequester cuts How Congress is hurting jobs

Foreign Policy: The disaster that is sequestration

POLITICO: Big deal to stave off cuts is elusive

The Fiscal Times: Contractors Say Defense Cuts Mean Layoffs and Chaos

The New York Times: Pentagon Gets Attention, but Planned Cuts Range Far and Wide

The Washington Post: Study: Across-the-board defense cuts could cost 1 million jobs

U.S. News and World Report: Military Soon Will Pay More For Former Soldiers Than Current Ones