Defense in an Age of Austerity
A one-day conference on Defense in an Age of Austerity, hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) with support from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, during which security experts will debate the role of the United States in international affairs and how the U.S. military should be structured to best support this role in the face of impending defense cuts.
Given the potential magnitude of the forthcoming defense drawdown, it will be vital for security experts to engage in a robust public debate on the role of the United States in international affairs and how the U.S. military should be structured to best support this role. To facilitate this debate, the conference will convene experts from across the ideological spectrum to deliberate the proper alignment of the “ends, ways, and means” of U.S. defense strategy in a fiscally constrained environment. Conference panels will include discussions of U.S. national security interests, threat prioritization, and force structure, as well as the implications of a defense drawdown on the domestic economy and defense industrial base.
In discussing these important topics, panelists will be asked to identify their criteria for the evaluation and formulation of U.S. defense strategy, outline the underlying assumptions of their respective policy recommendations, and, at the programmatic level, to address the specific trade-offs that will be required to realize these recommendations.