The two lawmakers, attending a Northern Virginia Technology Council board meeting at LMI earlier this week, agreed Virginia has the capacity to help support the country’s defense strategies, NVTC said Monday.
Policymakers addressing defense budget spending challenges will go a long way toward the U.S. maintaining its military readiness despite the cutbacks and the sequester, they added.
Kaine also highlighted the advantages of adopting a two-year budget cycle while Forbes suggested shifting the focus from “where to cut” to “what to buy instead.”
They also discussed the importance of Congress engaging the private sector to help with funding priorities, and how Virginia can contribute to strengthening the nation’s cyber defenses.
Kaine sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee while Forbes chairs the seapower and projection forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.