10:00 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT

Past Event

Budgetary turmoil at the Department of Defense, 2010-2014

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC

The austerity measures known as sequestration, a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, took effect in 2013—resulting in large across-the-board cuts in funding at the Department of Defense (DOD). Over the past five years, DOD also faced other budgetary turmoil, notably the government shutdown in 2013, five episodes of planning for shutdowns, and annual continuing resolutions rather than on-time budgets.

As comptroller and chief financial officer at the Pentagon during this period, Robert Hale was intimately involved in DOD’s efforts to accommodate the turmoil. In a new paper, “Budgetary turmoil at DOD from 2010 to 2014: A personal and professional journey,” Hale documents the problems caused by the turmoil including mission degradation, waste of taxpayer dollars, and harm to employee morale. He provides behind-the-scene glimpses of how DOD managed its financial affairs during this tumultuous period and explains how the turmoil affected him personally.

On September 2, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence hosted Robert Hale, presently a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton, for a discussion of the paper. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.), who serves on the Joint Economic Committee among others, also joined the discussion. Michael O’Hanlon, author of “The Future of Land Warfare,” and Brookings senior fellow, moderated the session.