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Thu, Jul 18, 2013 -- 2:00 AM

Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Is Cutting the Pentagon's Budget a Gift to Our Enemies? -- Political gridlock in Washington triggered across-the-board spending cuts, known as the sequester, in March. As a result, the Pentagon was given six months to eliminate $41 billion from the current year's budget, and unlike past cuts, this time everything is on the table. In 2011, America spent $711 billion dollars on its defense -- more than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. But the burdens the U.S. military shoulders, both at home and abroad, are unprecedented. Could the sequester be a rare opportunity to overhaul the armed forces, or will its impact damage military readiness and endanger national security?

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