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Program Information
 Takes on the World 
 Prof. Linda Bilmes, JF Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard
 Jeff Blankfort  
Bilmes discusses “The Financial Legacy of Iraq & Afghanistan: How Wartime Spending Decisions Will Constrain Future National Security Budgets,” prepared for JFK Center; focusing on long term human, social, economic costs of 2 wars financed by borrowing $ 2 trillion; estimates lifetime costs at $4-6 trillion; compares current wars with WW 1 & 2 & Vietnam; expanded role of Nat. Guard, Reserves & stress of unprecedented multi tours; 56% of vets, 870 thousand, on disability; war’s effects on women soldiers; scandal of soaring profits of unsupervised TRICARE insurance administrators.
Interviewer: Jeff Blankfort

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00:31:18 English 2013-04-10
 KZYX Studios Philo CA
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