As the Super Committee continues to meet (largely in secret), the lasting impact of its decisions on our national security is still unclear.
The Heritage Foundation recently sat down with Frances Fragos Townsend, former Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and former New Jersey Governor and 9/11 Comission Chairman Thomas Kean at the first ever Concordia Summit on global extremism to discuss the national security threats we face and the concerns they have for our national defense in light of these looming cuts.
On the issue of defense cuts, Governor Kean was clear:
I’m concerned because none of us have seen them yet. And it’s a question of priorities. I’m not saying we’re under spending in national security. I think there’s waste there. I think there’s things that can be cut. But there’s also bone and sinew and things that are important for keeping the American people safe. And I hope the committee is intelligent enough and knowledgeable enough to make those distinctions.