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Defense Sense: Options For National Security Savings FY2014 Update

June 25, 2013 | Report

By Charles Knight, Ethan Rosenkranz, Carl Conetta

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The Pentagon is now reviewing the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review, which Secretary Hagel has said will help inform decisions over how to implement tens of billions of dollars in spending reductions in Fiscal Years 2014, 2015, and beyond. 
 
The recommendations contained in the FY14 Defense Sense update provide an illustrative list of programs that the Pentagon and Congress can cull as a means of grappling with sequestration and new strategic realities.  The report’s recommendations also will likely figure in efforts to amend the National Defense Authorization Act and the Fiscal Year 2014 defense appropriations measure.   
 
The updated Defense Sense recommendations include a reduction in procurement of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as well as a delay in the refurbishment of the M1 Abrams tank.  Other savings identified include missile defense; a reduction in Virginia-class submarines and DDG-51 destroyers; and the removal of 15,000 additional U.S. troops from Europe.  All of the recommendations included in the update enjoy wide bipartisan support.

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