Senior national security experts and former government officials convened by the Stimson Center issued a report outlining a new defense strategy that would advance America’s national security but still make it possible to cut about $50 billion from the Defense Department’s annual budget.
The report describes 27 specific recommendations to implement the new strategy, called Strategic Agility, as an alternative to the across-the-board budget cuts required by sequestration.
The report, titled “Strategic Agility: Strong National Defense for Today's Global and Fiscal Realities,” represents the consensus of Stimson’s 17-member Defense Advisory Committee and includes detailed options for how the Department of Defense can advance an updated defense strategy that maintains U.S. national security while meeting required budget levels.
Committee members include two former vice chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a former Air Force chief of staff, a former chief of naval operations, and two retired four-star Army generals. At an event on Capitol Hill, Barry Blechman, Stimson Co-founder and Chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee was joined by retired General B.B. Bell and Phillip Odeen, former President and CEO of TRW, to present the report's findings.