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The defense budget and emergency war spending: Does it help more than it hurts?

  • American Enterprise Institute 1789 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

AEI is hosting Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon, AEI Visiting Fellow Roger Zakheim, and former OMB Associate Director for Defense and International Affairs Steve Kosiak discuss the future of Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) spending.

Since the Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law, Congress and the Pentagon have used emergency war spending — otherwise known as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding — to pay for enduring military requirements. Some policymakers, including newly minted Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney, believe this practice is mere budget gimmickry and undermines the Budget Control Act’s intent. Others believe Congress should provide relief to an underfunded military by any means necessary. Who is right? What role will OCO spending play as the Trump administration and Congress seek to increase defense spending?

Event Details

  • Date: March 15, 2017

  • When: 9:00-10:00 AM

  • Where: AEI, Auditorium, 1789 Massachusetts Avenue NW 

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