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Rundown 06/03/2013

Rundown 06/03/2013

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A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team.
A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team.

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Follow AEI and AEI Scholars on:
Good morning,The American Enterprise Institute Foreign and Defense Policy Studies team is pleased to shareshare the inaugural issue of "The Rundown," our freshly-minted e-newsletter. We'll be circulatingcirculating this newsletter every Monday morning to highlight our scholars' latest commentary andcommentary and analysis on the most important news of the week.We're sharing this because of your interest in foreign and defense policy. We know you're pressedpressed for time and, if you're like most of us, loathe unwanted emails in your inbox.
 You will notwill not continue to receive these emails unless you sign up.
 To subscribe to "The Rundown," fill out the form to the right. We won't share your email, won'tspam you with other material, and welcome your suggestions about how to be better, morerelevant, and more useful to you.Feel free to contact all of us with questions or feedback.Best wishes for a decent Monday,
 
Danielle PletkaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Vice President
 
 Alexandra Della RocchettaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Program Manager 
 
Stephan BurklinForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Communications Assistant
 
Tweet of the Week
 
Michael Auslin
 
@michaelauslin: One day, all this self-inflicted decline will make for a hell of a history. WishI could be around to write it.
 
 
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Defense
The Washington Post reports that Pentagon personnel costs now represent more than a quarter of all defense spending, the largest single slice of the federal budget after Social Security.
 More than two dozen defense experts from 10 major think tanks, including AEI's 
 and
 
,are joining forces to call on Congress to address Pentagon spending choices and
 
avoid spending cuts that could undermine US national security. Pick up today's issue of The Hill to readthis 
 on the need for comprehensive defense reform. The letter will be rolled out today at an
 
event on Capitol Hill,"
d
c
." Speaking at the event will be Shawn Brimley
(CNAS), Michael O’Hanlon (Brookings), Mackenzie Eaglen (AEI), David Berteau (CSIS), Gordon Ada
ms(Stimson), Larry Korb (CAP), and Todd Harrison (CSBA).
 
Benghazi
The Libyan government is training new forces in a bid to regain territory under de facto control of anopaque network of armed militias, many of whom once fought to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
On Tuesday, AEI’s 
, 
,and 
 will talk scandal:"
 
These scholars will discuss the scandals plaguing the White House and consider their likely implications.We invite you to join their Google Hangout conversation at 1:15 p.m. on June 4.
Syria
Militants from the Lebanese Shia movement Hezbollah clashed with Syrian rebels in a border regionbetween the two countries, confirming fears of a spillover of the more than two-year-old conflict.
This week, AEI’s vice president of foreign and defense policy studies, 
,will testify in front
of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Watch her 
testimony live 
 on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.ICYMI: Check out 
 
 
on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and her  
for CNN’s Global Public Square blog.
 
Asia
Speaking at a security conference in Singapore this weekend, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel insisted that the Pentagon will continue its pivot to Asia in spite of sharp budget cuts.
On Tuesday, individuals from AEI, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), the Project 2049 Institute, and theLong Term Strategy Group will release a memo on how the United States can best execute President

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