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Dr. Duncan Shares Insight Regarding Defense Spending Cuts

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The cuts could threathen both national security and jobs, he said.
Dr. Duncan comments to WPTV (NBC) reporter Alex Sanz.

Dr. Duncan comments to WPTV (NBC) reporter Alex Sanz.

August 10, 2012

As additional defense spending cut protests were announced this week, WPTV reporter Alex Sanz reached out to Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan to learn why the issue is of importance.

While quickly breaking down the numbers, Duncan shared that the cuts would threaten both jobs and national security. He then pointed out the increasingly dangerous world in which live, while highlighting the current threats in the Middle East (Syria), Iran, and the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Duncan said that there are approximately one trillion dollars in automatic cuts scheduled over the course of ten years beginning January, 2013, and reminded NBC viewers that the associated job loss could affect several area industries. He shared that the cuts include $500 billion in defense spending or $50 billion per year, while highlighting their impact on national security and industry.

The rally, which was the third of its kind in the state of Florida, included Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin and Aerospace Industries Association members who are concerned that the $487 billion in reductions from the 2011 Budget Control Act would slam the Defense Department in the next decade.

With The Wall Street Journal reporting that sequestration cuts would leave the defense budget some 30% smaller in 10 years, Floridians are watching closely as the House of Representatives begins debating and deliberating on what programs would be cut under the spending reductions due to go into effect January 2, 2013.

Recently appointed Northwood University Florida President, Dr. Tom Duncan worked for the state of Missouri as an assistant to Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management as well as for the department of economic development as a division director of professional registration from 1985-1992. Prior to his government employment, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) for several years.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination at the Anglican Mission in the Americas in South Carolina. For the past 12 years he has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in several religious communities.