Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Stanford University


Framing Defense Cuts


Michael Sulmeyer - Senior Fellow, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, CSIS
Guy Ben-Ari - Deputy Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

Published by
Center for Strategic & International Studies, Vol. 26
October 25, 2011


Since the crisis over America’s debt rating and the formation of the super committee, there has been a surge in debate about how to reduce defense spending. Despite talk of “all options being on the table,” the lack of both breadth and depth in active proposals is remarkable. Efficiency initiatives and across-the-board cuts have been advanced as solutions. However, a more extensive list of tools must be considered. To enrich the dialogue about defense cuts, what follows is an a la carte menu of options to trim DoD’s investment accounts.