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America's Defense Budget in an Age of Cutbacks

Aired on Friday, April 20th.
Aired on Friday, April 20th.

Significant and far-ranging budgetary cutbacks are planned, over the next several years, for the United States Armed Forces --- how, if at all, will these reductions affect our country's military stature on the world stage? And how, if at all, will they influence our own feelings (or perceptions) of security here at home? On today's show, we welcome Col. Thomas X. Hammes (USMC, Retired), who recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled “Defense in Times of Austerity.” In his three-decade stint in the Marine Corps, Col. Hammes served at all levels in the operating forces to include command of a rifle company, a weapons company, an intelligence company, an infantry battalion, and the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force. He's also the author of "The Sling and the Stone: On War in the Twenty-First Century," along with more than eighty articles and opinion pieces. He's been a featured speaker on future conflict and homeland security at conferences around the globe. You can learn more about the appearance that Col. Hammes recently made here in Tulsa at this link.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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