National Security Implications of America's Debt, and the Bipartisan Plans For Fiscal Reform

Sep. 17, 2012, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Center for Strategic and International Studies
1800 K Street, NW, B1 Conference Center, Washington, District Of Columbia, 20036, United States

Each of the four forums will resemble a Congressional hearing, with high-level former U.S. government officials providing remarks before a panel of former elected representatives.  

Future sessions will focus on the national security implications of the debt, bipartisan plans for addressing the problem, pro-growth tax reform, and the imperative of entitlement and health care cost control.  Strengthening of America—Our Children’s Future, is coordinating with the Campaign to Fix the Debt, the Comeback America Initiative, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s ongoing efforts to call attention to the fiscal challenges threatening America’s future. 


The Steering Committee for Strengthening of America includes former Members of Congress Howard Baker (R-TN), Bob Bennett (R-UT), David Boren (D-OK), Bill Brock (R-TN), Richard Bryan (D-NV), Mike Castle (R-DE), Jack Danforth (R-MO), Tom Davis (R-VA), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mickey Edwards (R-OK), Bill Frenzel (R-MN), Dan Glickman (D-KS), Slade Gorton (R-WA), Bob Graham (D-FL), William Gray (D-PA), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Jane Harman (D-CA), Bennett Johnston (D-LA), Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS), David McCurdy (D-OK), Jim Nussle (R-IA), Tim Penny (D-MN), Chuck Robb (D-VA), Tim Roemer (D-IN), Alan Simpson (R-WY), Charlie Stenholm (D-TX), John Tanner (D-TN), Tom Tauke (R-IA), and Tim Wirth (D-CO). 

The effort is a joint project of The Concord Coalition, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the American Business Conference, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.


Former Senators Sam Nunn (D-GA), Pete Domenici, (R-NM), Warren Rudman (R-NH), and Evan Bayh (D-IN) have convened a bipartisan group of former Senators and Representatives to come together for four forums between now and the first presidential debate to raise public consciousness of the country’s growing and unsustainable debt.  They are calling their effort, Strengthening of America—Our Children’s Future.

The second forum will be held on Monday, September 17, 2012.  

This session will look at the national security implications of America's debt and the bipartisan plans to address the situation.  This forum will feature two panels.

The first panel will feature former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and via satellite former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

The second panel will feature former Senator Pete Domenici and former Director of both the Congressional Budget Office and Office of Management and Budget Alice Rivlin with former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Senator Alan Simpson joining via satellite.

Seating is limited.  An RSVP is required.  Please RSVP with your name and affiliation to [email protected] .


Noon - 12:30 pm   Registration

12:30 pm Welcome and Introductory Remarks

1:00 pm Remarks by Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen

2:00 pm Remarks by Senator Domenici, Dr. Rivlin, Mr. Bowles and Senator Simpson

3:30 pm Adjourn