Intelligence Squared US: Cutting the Pentagon's budget is a gift to our enemies

Airs Sunday, August 25 at 6 p.m. 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 it 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?

Arguing for the motion are Thomas Donnelly, Co-Director of Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and Andrew Krepinevich, President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. 

Arguing against the motion are Benjamin Friedman, a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute and Kori Schake, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution.