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Defense Priorities for a New Decade

An expert panel explored where the United States should prioritize defense spending and the deployment of troops and other military assets.
Andrew Bacevich
Christine Wormuth
Peter Spiegel
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About This Event

The United States military remains the most powerful in the world at a time when the nation’s global ambitions, influence, and commitment to alliances appear to be waning. Rival powers are growing in confidence and capabilities, while security threats evolve. Facing this uncertain global outlook, where should the US prioritize defense spending and the deployment of troops and other military assets?

About This Event Series

This fall, the Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times are hosting a series of discussions on foreign policy topics central to the 2020 United States presidential election. As voters confront starkly different foreign policy worldviews, the America in 2020 series convenes influential voices with distinct perspectives to examine issues with far-reaching implications for America’s future.

About the Speakers
Professor Emeritus, Boston University
Andrew Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer.
Christine Wormuth
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Christine Wormuth is a senior fellow and director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND. Prior to joining RAND, she served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense from 2014 to 2016.
US Managing Editor, Financial Times
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Peter Spiegel is currently the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Prior to that, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.
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