Nov 8

Past Event

The Impacts of Sequestration on the U.S. Military

Event Materials


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As the U.S. government’s budget sequestration continues to unfold, concerns remain about the policy’s impact on the U.S. military.  Many question sequestration’s effect on military training, recruitment, equipment maintenance, and overall readiness.

On November 8, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted an event featuring two panels to explore these issues.  The first panel looked at how available resources are changing the operating and training environments. Brookings current Federal Executive Fellows discussed how sequestration is impacting their respective military branches.  The second panel featured Jay DeFrank of Pratt & Whitney and Jack Mayer of Booz Allen Hamilton, who engaged in a broader discussion about defense strategy and budgeting in the era of sequestration.  Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow and director of research for Foreign Policy at Brookings, moderated the discussions.


Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • 2:00 - 3:00

    Panel 1

    • Robert DeBuse

      Federal Executive Fellow (Navy)

      The Brookings Institution

    • Kenneth Ekman

      Federal Executive Fellow (Air Force)

      The Brookings Institution

    • Johnnie Johnson

      Federal Executive Fellow (Army)

      The Brookings Institution

    • Thomas King

      Federal Executive Fellow (Coast Guard)

      The Brookings Institution

    • Aaron Marx

      Federal Executive Fellow (Marines)

      The Brookings Institution

  • 3:00 - 4:00

    Panel 2

    • Jay DeFrank

      Vice President, Communications and Government Relations

      Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies company

    • Jack Mayer

      Executive Vice President

      Booz Allen Hamilton


November 8, 2013

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW


For More Information

Brookings Office of Communications


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