Mackenzie Eaglen has worked on defense issues in the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. She specializes in defense strategy, budget, military readiness and the defense industrial base. In 2010, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member of the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established to assess the Pentagon's major defense strategy. A prolific writer on defense related issues, she has also testified before Congress.
Research Fellow for National Security Studies, The Heritage Foundation, 2006-2012
Principal Defense Adviser to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), 2004-2006
Legislative Assistant, Rep. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), 2003-2004
Presidential Management Fellow, United States Department of Defense, 2001-2003
M.A., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe plans to revise Japan’s constitution to allow for more regular military operations and to set up a national security council. Can Abe realize these plans, and what are the potential obstacles to his agenda? How will other regional powers react? A panel of experts will convene at AEI to answer these and other questions.
No longer can the military expect the same pay, benefits or world-class facilities and access without realizing that they increasingly come at the expense of combat power, innovation, training, readiness and modernization.
Join representatives from AEI, the Brookings Institution, Cato Institute, Center for American Progress, Center for a New American Security, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Stimson Center as they discuss the bipartisan consensus surrounding the need for fundamental reform at DOD.
A striking bipartisan consensus exists today across the think tank community on the need for Pentagon and Congressional leaders to address the growing imbalances within the defense budget that threaten the health and long-term viability of America's volunteer military.
Absent unpopular but necessary reform, the Department of Defense’s unsustainable cost trajectory will compromise the military’s ability to confront the multiplying threats to America’s interests in the years to come.
Pretending that Congress should avoid a domestic base closure round because we need to target overseas bases first simply ignores reality and the real money it is generating as a result of these savings.