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Defend & Reform: The Future of America's Defense Spending

Concerned Veterans for America

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM (EST)

Washington, DC

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Defend and Reform: The Future of America’s Defense Spending

On December 11, The Weekly Standard’s William Kristol will moderate a panel discussion on defense spending, featuring experts in the field. Sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America, “DEFEND & REFORM: The Future of America’s Defense Spending” will diagnose defense spending challenges and offer practical solutions. Speakers will include: Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution, Pete Hegseth, Concerned Veterans for America, Russell Rumbaugh, Stimson Center, and more. Luncheon will be served.




December 11, 2012



11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Event Registration & Seating



12:00 - 12:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks


Pete Hegseth, CEO, Concerned Veterans for America




12:05 - 12:10 p.m. Moderator Remarks


William Kristol, Editor, The Weekly Standard




12:10 – 12:25 p.m. Keynote Address: The Future of America’s Defense Spending


Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution




12:30 – 12:40 p.m. A Veteran’s View from the Senate


United States Senator Lindsey Graham, [R-SC], Senate Armed Services Committee




12:40 – 12:55 p.m. Panel Statements:


Congressman Tim Griffin, 2nd District of Arkansas


Russell Rumbaugh, Dir. of Budgeting for Foreign Affairs & Defense, Stimson Center


Steve Bucci, Senior Defense & Homeland Security Fellow at The Heritage Foundation




12:55 – 1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion:


Moderated by: William Kristol


Panelists: Congressman Tim Griffin, Michael O’Hanlon, Pete Hegseth,


Russell Rumbaugh & Steve Bucci




1:30 – 1:40 p.m. Where Do We Go From Here?


United States Senator Kelly Ayotte [R-NH], Senate Armed Services Committee




1:40 – 1:55 p.m. Q &A




1:55pm – 2:00 p.m. Adjournment, following Closing Remarks

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When & Where

The Willard Room, The Willard Hotel
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM (EST)

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Concerned Veterans for America

Our mission is to advocate for policies that preserve the freedom we fought to defend. CVA translates the experience, concerns, and hopes of our fellow veterans and their families into a commonvision of freedom.

We will provide a new and unique perspective on the issues that threaten to cripple not only our economic and national security, but the spirit of opportunity and liberty that we fought to defend and all Americans cherish.

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