Keeping America Safe: The New Defense Strategy

Wednesday - 3/7/2012, 11:46am EST

March 7, 2012

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DOD officials have announced their plan for a proposed $614 billion budget in Fiscal Year 13 - and planned spending reductions of $487 billion over a decade. What is the impact on the New Defense Strategy moving forward? Hear the latest insights from former National Security Advisor, General Jim Jones, USMC (Ret), General Chuck Wald, and former Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, the Honorable Tom Davis.

Guests:

General Charles F. Wald, Director, Deloitte Services LP, and Leader of Deloitte's Department of Defense Practice, Federal Government Services
General James Jones, United States Marine Corps (Ret), former National Security Advisor and Senior Advisor, Deloitte LLP
Tom Davis, Director of Federal Government Affairs, Deloitte & Touche LLP



Show Highlights:

• How the budget changes align with the Defense strategy's efforts to make the military smaller, leaner, flexible but more technologically advanced
• What the focus will be on strengthening innovative partnerships and key alliances
• A view from the hill - how Congress sees some of the acquisition challenges
• The continued importance of the public private partnerships moving forward

The following is a full transcript of FedCentral's interview with General James Jones, United States Marine Core (Ret), former National Security Advisor and Deloitte Senior Advisor and General Charles F. Wald: Director and Leader of Deloitte's Department of Defense Practice, conducted by The Honorable Tom Davis on March 7, 2012. To listen to the full interview go to http://www.deloitte.com/us/fedcentral.


Jane Norris
Welcome to FedCentral brought to you by Deloitte, a program where executives and federal government leaders talk about the issues and initiatives that are making a real impact on the business of government today, to help government help America.

On today's program we'll be talking about keeping America safe, the new defense strategy, and joining us is General Charles F. Wald, Director of Deloitte Services, LP, and leader of Deloitte's Department of Defense practice, Federal government services. He's responsible for providing senior leadership and strategy in relationships with the Department of Defense, and he's a subject matter specialist in weapons procurement and deployment, counter-terrorism, national and energy and international security policy. General Wald, thanks for being here today.

General Wald
Hi, Jane, appreciate it.

Jane Norris
Also we're proud to have General James Jones. General Jones is a former National Security Advisor and 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. He's a Senior Advisor to Deloitte's Federal and commercial clients in the Department of Defense practice, and he was appointed National Security Advisor to President Barak Obama on January 20, 2009. General Jones, happy to have you here.

General Jones
Thank you very much. I'm honored to be here.

Jane Norris
It's a pleasure, Sir. And then finally, the Honorable Tom Davis, former Virginia Congressman and known to many on this radio show. We've heard him many times. He was formerly Chairman of the House Government and Reform Committee. He serves as the Director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte and Touche, LLP. Tom, great to have you,too.

Tom Davis
Jane, thanks for having me.

Jane Norris
It's a great show today. So let's get started. The Department of Defense and officials at the Department of Defense have announced their plan for a proposed $614 billion budget in fiscal year 2013, and they plan spending reductions of about $487 billion over the next decade. So General Wald, we'll start with you. How do you think this will impact the new DoD strategy going forward?

General Wald
Actually I think it's in line with the strategy. I think you'll find General Jones will probably talk about this in a minute. If you look at the geo-strategic environment we live in the world today, it really addresses how we are facing the threats we're facing. With Afghanistan and Iraq winding down but in a perpetual conflict kind of situation, where we're at today, and the fact that we're a global world, we need to maintain our global presence. So the reduction in the numbers, a lot of that will come from the reduction of our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. The remainder, even though it sounds like a large cut over ten years, there will still be a large baseline available to address the threats that we think we're going to face in the future. I think we're going to be in pretty good shape.

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