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Sustainable Defense Task Force

  • Carl Conetta, Project on Defense Alternatives
  • Benjamin H Friedman, Cato Institute
  • William D Hartung, New America Foundation
  • Christopher Hellman, National Priorities Project
  • Heather Hurlburt, National Security Network
  • Charles Knight, Project on Defense Alternatives
  • Lawrence J Korb, Center for American Progress
  • Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action
  • Laicie Olson, Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  • Prasannan Parthasarathi, Boston College
  • Miriam Pemberton, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Laura Peterson, Taxpayers for Common Sense
  • Christopher Preble, Cato Institute
  • Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information

Task Force members serve as individuals. Affiliations are listed for identification purposes and do not imply organizational endorsement of the Task Force findings.

The Sustainable Defense Task Force was formed in response to a request from Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), working in cooperation with Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Representative Ron Paul (R-TX), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), to explore possible defense budget contributions to deficit reduction efforts that would not compromise the essential security of the United States. The Project on Defense Alternatives coordinated the work of the Task Force. Carl Conetta drafted the main body of the Task Force report in ongoing consultation with Task Force members who developed or digested proposals from the diverse sources cited in the report. A sub-committee of the Task Force reviewed the final draft before publication. It should not be assumed that all Task Force members endorse all items and sections of the report.

Debt, Deficits, & Defense: A Way Forward, the report of the Sustainable Defense Task Force, 11 June 2010.    Full Text  |  Executive Summary   |  C-SPAN video of the report release briefing hosted by Rep. Barney Frank, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, 11 June 2010.

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The Project on Defense Alternatives, The Commonwealth Institute
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Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Phone 617/547-4474, Fax 617/868-1267
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