Jim Talent to discuss ‘Decline of American Power’

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will discuss “The Decline of American Power and Its Consequences” at 3:30 p.m. March 21 in the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at UMSL.

Cuts to tuition assistance, medical benefits and recruitment are just a few of the challenges facing the U.S. government just weeks into the $85 billion sequestration. Additional cuts are still in the works, including decreases in defense spending, weapons and equipment.

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will discuss “The Decline of American Power and Its Consequences” at 3:30 p.m. March 21 in the Summit Lounge at the J.C. Penney Building/Conference Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Talent is a national security leader who specializes in issues related to the U.S. Department of Defense. He has been active in Missouri and national public policy for more than 25 years. Talent’s public service began in 1984, when he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. After serving four terms, two as the Republican leader, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. He co-authored the historic welfare reform bill, championed national security issues on the House Armed Services Committee, and served as chairman of the House Small Business Committee. In 2002, Missourians elected him to the U.S. Senate, where he worked with Republicans and Democrats to enact critical legislation on highway funding and methamphetamine abuse.

After leaving the Senate in 2007, Talent joined the Heritage Foundation as a Distinguished Fellow specializing in military affairs and conservative solutions to poverty. He was a senior policy advisor to Mitt Romney for both the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Currently, he serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and the National Defense Panel for the Quadrennial Defense Review.

The discussion is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. It’s sponsored by the University of Missouri–St. Louis, Department of Economics at UMSL and the F.A. Hayek Professorship at UMSL.


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