The Dire Effects of Sequestration and a Middle East in Chaos: Implications for Congress


Peter Brookes

Senior Fellow, National Security Affairs and Chung Ju-Yung Fellow for Policy Studies,

The Heritage Foundation

Robert Zarate

Policy Director, The Foreign Policy Initiative

Mackenzie Eaglen

Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies,

American Enterprise Institute

Hosted by

Michael Franc

Vice President, Government Studies, The Heritage Foundation

In light of recent aggressive acts in the Middles East, it is clear that the world remains a very dangerous place with new, emerging threats. Furthermore, the Office of Management and Budget has just released its report on the effect of sequestration cuts on our military, confirming fears that the Department of Defense will suffer severe across the board funding reductions. These cuts will jeopardize modernization for the Armed Services, who are already on the verge of a readiness crisis. Congress should act to make sure that our military is prepared to deal with possible threats like we see rising in the Middle East.

Join us for an important discussion of what sequestration cuts mean for our military and how they will affect our ability to protect our allies and interests in the Middle East.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 AT 12:00 P.M.

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