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Losing Our Edge: Pentagon Personnel Reform and the Dangers of Inaction

KEYWORDS: LEON PANETTA, JIM JONES, TASK FORCE ON DEFENSE PERSONNEL

WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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Since Dwight Eisenhower last wore a uniform, jets fly faster, soldiers can see at night, and bombs are dropped within inches of their target. One area that hasn’t changed is the way the Pentagon manages its most important assetits people. The excellence of the U.S. military depends on the quality of the people who choose to serve, but can the military attract the talent it needs to protect the nation against future threats? As defense reform takes center stage in this year’s defense authorization, one area most in need of reform is the Defense Department’s myriad personnel management systems.

BPC launched the Task Force on Defense Personnel to find out why the systems that have managed our military for over 30 years are no longer capable of maintaining America’s military advantage.

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Losing Our Edge: Pentagon Personnel Reform and the Dangers of Inaction

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Opening remarks by:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
@SenJohnMcCain

Panel discussion with:

Leon Panetta
Former Defense Secretary
Co-Chair, BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel

Jim Talent
Former Senator, Missouri
Co-Chair, BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel
@JimTalent

Gen. Jim Jones
Former National Security Advisor
Co-Chair, BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel

Kathy Roth-Douquet
CEO, Blue Star Families
Co-Chair, BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel
@BlueStarFamily

Moderated by:

Barbara Starr
Pentagon Correspondent, CNN
@barbarastarrcnn