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Sequestration and U.S. Defense Spending: Healing the Wounded Giant

Michael E. O’Hanlon

Sequestration cuts to the U.S. defense budget have started to affect military contracting and training. Such changes may be fine in the short term, but costly in ways beyond dollar figures in the long term. In his new book Healing the Wounded Giant, Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon focuses on the question of how much could be cut from the defense budget if done right. In this video Q&A, O’Hanlon provides examples of two areas where cuts can be made: ground forces and procurement of the F-35 combat jets. He also predicts what Secretary Hagel will propose for the defense budget and how it has the potential to help strike a fiscal deal.