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- Loren Thompson chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute
- Andrew Krepinevich executive director of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
- Linda Bilmes Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
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