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Aug 30

The Clock Is Ticking: The Defense Agenda for Congress’s Last Few Months

When Congress returns to Washington after Labor Day, they will have only four weeks to finish the major defense bills and send them to the President before the end of the fiscal year. The defense authorization bill has passed both chambers and negotiators are ironing out the differences, but both bills contain major Pentagon reforms that differ significantly from each other. The budget structure of the two bills also does not align. The defense appropriations bill is even further still from the finish line. While the House has passed their version, the Senate has been unable to move their bill. And the budget gap between the House and Senate appropriations bills is even greater than the authorization bill. Join us for a discussion of all the moving pieces that Congress needs to put together to ensure that they have both provided the necessary authorizations and responsibly funded the military.

This panel offers a wealth of Congressional and Executive experience on defense matters. Katherine Kidder is a Fellow at CNAS, working on her doctorate on the Congressional-Executive relationship in the development of U.S. foreign policy. Andrew Hunter leads the defense industry group at CSIS; he previously worked as a senior executive in DOD covering acquisition and has also served as a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee. Justin Johnson spent over a decade working on defense and foreign policy issues on Capitol Hill and now covers defense policy and budgets for Heritage. Moderator Jeremy Herb is a defense reporter for Politico and lead author of the influential Morning Defense email newsletter.

More About the Speakers

Katherine Kidder
Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Andrew Hunter
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Justin Johnson
Senior Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting Policy, The Heritage Foundation

Moderated by
Jeremy Herb
Defense Reporter, Politico