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  • U.S. considering combining military, international affairs budgets

    11/18/2010 11:20:53 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | November 18, 2010 | By KEVIN BARON
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The Obama administration is considering creating a unified national security budget that would combine elements of the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development with the Pentagon, according to a draft copy of a long-awaited foreign policy strategy review shared with Congress this week. Citing the joint planning required between U.S. military and civilian agencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposal is one of several that would put the U.S. diplomatic corps and its lead global humanitarian agency on a stronger national security footing, according to a draft of the State Department’s first-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and...
  • Obama's lawbreaking Pentagon

    04/28/2010 9:15:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 826+ views
    gouverneurtimes ^ | April 28, 2010 | James Jay Carafano, Ph.D
    President Obama's push for health care raised more than a few hackles, including the ire of 19 state attorneys general. "On behalf of the residents in Florida, and the states joining our efforts," declared Bill McCollum, who is spearheading one of the lawsuits, "we are committed to aggressively pursuing this lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary to prevent this unprecedented expansion of federal powers, impact upon state sovereignty and encroachment on our freedom." Questioning the constitutionality of Obamacare raises another question: Is flouting the law a pattern for how the president plans to govern? By law, the Pentagon...
  • Where Have All the Strategic Thinkers Gone?

    03/11/2010 10:20:17 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 22 replies · 652+ views
    democracyarsenal.org ^ | March 11, 2010 | Michael Cohen
    There was a pretty interesting article in the Washington Post today about Hillary Clinton's tenure at State Department and it pretty much confirmed my suspicions about our Secretary of State - she's a great public diplomat and administrator, but not much of a strategic thinker. As Stewart Patrick noted, she struggles with priorities and questioned whether she has a "grand strategic vision." This was basically part of the deal when Obama picked her; Hillary would serve as a great "face" for America to the world; she would invest time and energy in public diplomacy, something that was critically important after...
  • China Drives AirSea Battle

    03/11/2010 12:53:40 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 513+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 3/10/2010 | Greg Craig
    In the early 1980s, the Army, with Air Force cooperation, came up with a warfighting concept known as AirLand Battle designed to rain punishing ground and air strikes on Soviet shock armies before they could steamroll NATO defenses. Today, the military is formulating a new concept called AirSea Battle designed to counter China’s rapidly growing arsenal of anti-access and area-denial (A2/AD) weapons, such as aircraft carrier killing ballistic missiles, sea-skimming missiles, stealthy submarines, bristling air-defense networks, anti-satellite and cyber weaponry. The 2010 QDR directed the Air Force and Navy to jointly develop the concept to “guide the development of future...
  • Analysis: A year into Obama’s presidency, it’s still Gates’ Pentagon

    03/01/2010 6:36:28 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 432+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 01, 2010 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — U.S. troops are still in Iraq. More are headed into Afghanistan. Defense spending is up. Gay troops still can’t serve openly in the military. So where is the dramatically overhauled Pentagon that President Barack Obama’s opponents — and supporters — predicted not long ago? Just over a year after Obama took the reins as commander in chief, the most sweeping changes expected of the new president’s military policy haven’t taken hold. Despite two wars overseas, Obama’s focus has remained on domestic issues, such as the health care reform fight and the still-struggling economy. Military topics, while hardly an...
  • The 2011 Defense Budget: Inadequate and Full of Inconsistencies

    02/22/2010 8:17:00 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 365+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | February 22, 2010 | by Baker Spring
    Abstract: The Obama Administration has proposed an FY 2011 defense budget that is inconsistent with U.S. security commitments and the Administration's own Quadrennial Defense Review. Under the Administration's current budget outline, total defense spending would decline from $722.1 billion (4.9 percent of GDP) in FY 2010 to $698.2 billion (3.6 percent) in FY 2015. Inadequate funding will lead to shortfalls in manpower levels, modernization, operational capacity, strategy, and/or force structure, thereby exposing the American people and U.S. friends and allies to an unacceptable level of risk. On February 1, 2010, the Obama Administration released its defense budget proposal as part...
  • Barack Obama's new strength: foreign policy

    02/21/2010 8:19:00 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies · 442+ views
    nj.com ^ | February 21, 2010 | By John Farmer/The Star-Ledger
    Barack Obama may be playing defense on the domestic front, but he’s clearly taken the offensive in an area not normally a source of Democratic Party strength — national security and foreign policy. In recent days and weeks, administration efforts have resulted in the deaths of 12 of the top 20 al Qaeda leaders, the result mostly of attacks by pilotless drone aircraft over Pakistan; the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, number two Taliban boss in Pakistan and leader of the military campaign in Afghanistan; and the launch of a 15,000-troop attack against the principal poppy-rich Taliban stronghold in...
  • Planning for the Future? Examining the Pentagon's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review

    02/17/2010 11:55:29 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 224+ views
    Global Security ^ | February 17, 2010 | Mackenzie Eaglen
    The Pentagon's long-awaited Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is out. By law, the major defense strategy must look forward 20 years and delineate how the U.S. will structure its armed forces. The QDR is supposed to outline the Pentagon's threat assessments, military strategy, force structure, and budgetary plans, and it should establish a road map for defense programs that will prepare for an uncertain future. Because defense policy is subordinate to foreign policy, the strategy must take its cue from the President's National Security Strategy (NSS). The President's foreign policy strategy must follow from the nation's vital interests rather than vice...
  • Rising Risk in the Fighter Force

    02/15/2010 8:45:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 341+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 2/01/2010 | John A. Tirpak
    After the QDR, USAF will have fewer fighters, fewer options, and therefore tougher choices. The Air Force is poised to launch a dramatic restructuring of its fighter fleet. Anticipating years of flat budgets and a changing military strategy, the service will shrink its fighter force as much as 20 percent. There will be fewer squadrons and they will have fewer people. There will be newer machines—and the average age of the fighter fleet may stabilize after steadily graying for 20 years—but a portion of the inventory will be geared toward less demanding wars. The service has developed a matrix of...
  • US Terror Reviews Avoid Muslim Labels

    02/12/2010 8:29:32 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 229+ views
    IslamOnline ^ | February 12, 2010 | IslamOnline.net & Newspapers
    Two reviews outlining the Obama administration’s defense and security strategy have avoided any mention of anti-Muslim labels, reported the Washington Times on Friday, February 12. "(President Barack Obama) had made it clear as we are looking at counterterrorism that our principal focus is al Qaeda and global violent extremism,” David Heyman, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy, said. “And that is the terminology and language that has been articulated." A 108-page review by the Homeland Security Department has dropped any reference to words such as “Islamists” and “Islamic”. Instead, the document used the terms of “Al-Qaeda”, “terrorist”, “extremist” and “violent...
  • National Review: National Security Goes Green

    02/12/2010 8:27:04 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies · 267+ views
    NPR ^ | February 12, 2010 | N/A
    The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review report gives unprecedented attention to the issue of climate change. Previous QDR reports did not identify climate change, global warming, or other environmental issues as major concerns for U.S. security. The 2010 QDR, by contrast, dedicates three of its 105 pages (plus executive summary) to the issue, highlighting it (along with energy) in a section dedicated to its impact on the "future security environment." All in all, the report mentions "climate change" 19 times. China is mentioned only eleven times, Iran five times, Russia four times, and North Korea three times. It seems that the...
  • National Security Goes Green

    02/11/2010 9:21:39 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 532+ views
    NRO ^ | February 11, 2010 | BRETT D. SCHAEFER AND BAKER SPRING
    The Obama administration’s latest Quadrennial Defense Review relies on flawed climate science. The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review report gives unprecedented attention to the issue of climate change. Previous QDR reports did not identify climate change, global warming, or other environmental issues as major concerns for U.S. security. The 2010 QDR, by contrast, dedicates three of its 105 pages (plus executive summary) to the issue, highlighting it (along with energy) in a section dedicated to its impact on the “future security environment.” All in all, the report mentions “climate change” 19 times. China is mentioned only eleven times, Iran five times,...
  • No New U.S. Navy, Army Helo Programs Funded

    02/11/2010 1:38:12 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 472+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/10/2010 | Bettina H. Chavanne
    With nearly $12.5 billion in the proposed U.S. Navy and Army rotorcraft budget for Fiscal 2011, it would seem the services are flush with funding. And yet there is an eerie theme common to the programs receiving dollars: None of them is new. The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released Feb. 1 in conjunction with the Fiscal 2011 budget request, puts availability of rotary-wing assets at the top of its list to ensure success in counterinsurgency, stability and counterterrorism operations. The UH-60M Black Hawk is the big winner for the Army, with $1.25 billion requested to sustain production of 74 aircraft....
  • Obama Wants To Make Global Warming Key Element In US Defense Strategy! (new headline)

    02/10/2010 10:05:01 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 44 replies · 1,224+ views
    WashTimes ^ | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon's new four-year strategy review seeks to advance the Obama administration's effort to make climate change a key element of its domestic and international policies. The Quadrennial Defense Review report, which is meant to guide defense and military policies and weapons purchases, lists global warming and energy security as among the four most important security priorities, despite recent reports suggesting the science behind climate change has been skewed. Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, presented a less alarming view in his statement to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday. He noted that U.S. intelligence...
  • Navy willing to make trade-offs to move carrier to Florida

    02/08/2010 8:52:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 32 replies · 919+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/09/2009 | Roxana Tiron
    The Navy is willing to make trade-offs to pay for its strategic decision to move a nuclear aircraft carrier to Florida, according Rear Adm. Bill Burke, who ran the Navy’s portion of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Burke told reporters this week that the QDR, a sweeping review of military strategy and capability, reached the same decision the Navy reached a year ago, because it makes “good sense.” It also made “good sense” at the highest levels of the Pentagon, Burke added. To pay for the move, the Navy could have to make some tough financial decisions down the line....
  • Obama's foreign policy in gridlock: former national security adviser

    02/05/2010 11:49:38 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 36 replies · 1,026+ views
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2010 | Meghan Rafferty,
    President Obama's foreign policy agenda may have "run out of steam" and he must now take risks and provide effective leadership, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski said Friday. In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Brzezinski said Obama's foreign policy agenda is suffering from gridlock in Washington. "I have the feeling that because of domestic problems, he has run out of steam, and I don't know really how determined he is to resume what he started doing so well, which is to engage the world constructively," Brzezinski said. Brzezinski, who is now at the Center for Strategic and...
  • U.S. Navy, AF Mapping Joint Battle Concept

    02/05/2010 9:11:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 259+ views
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 02/05/2005 | Bettina H. Chavanne
    The U.S. Navy and Air Force are beginning to work out the details of a joint battle concept given high priority in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). “We felt the two services ought to get together and pool our capabilities against anti-access threats across a range of operations,” Rear Adm. William Burke, director of the Naval Integration Group for the QDR, told reporters Feb. 4 at the Pentagon. “We want to see if we can do things better, more efficiently and effectively.” Burke noted the two services have a range of complementary capabilities worth expanding. Synergy is “probably the...
  • 'India to be net provider of security in Indian Ocean, beyond'

    02/04/2010 7:56:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 305+ views
    Rediff.com ^ | 02/02/2010 | rediff.com
    Taking note of India's 'growing influence' in global affairs, the United States has said the country will be a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond with the growth of its military capabilities. "The distribution of global political, economic and military power is shifting and becoming more diffuse. The rise of China, the world's most populous country, and India, the world's largest democracy, will continue to reshape the international system," said the Quadrennial Defence Review report released by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates. The once-in-a-four year report, which shapes the policy of the Pentagon for the next...
  • US Navy Issues Long-Range Shipbuilding Plan for FY 2011

    02/04/2010 7:43:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 400+ views
    Defense Professioals ^ | 02/04/2010 | Defense Professionals
    This year’s report reflects the naval capabilities projected to meet the challenges the nation faces over the next three decades of the 21st century. The structure requirements articulated in this report are based upon the 313-ship force originally set forth in the FY 2005 Naval Force Structure Assessment that was reported to Congress and referred to by the Chief of Naval Operations in his FY 2009 budget testimony, as amended by decisions made by the Secretary of Defense in the FY 2010 President’s Budget as well as decisions made during the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As such, the battle...
  • Raw document - 2010 QDR

    02/03/2010 8:35:13 AM PST · by BamaFan · 4 replies · 366+ views
    defense.gov ^ | 1 Feb 2010 | Department of Defense
    I haven't reaad it yet - just got the link this morning. Enjoy
  • Navy Shipbuilding Gap Grows

    02/03/2010 1:22:22 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 321+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/2/2010 | Greg Grant
    The big question for the Navy in advance of the QDR and the 2011 budget release was would DOD reconcile the growing gap between the Navy’s shipbuilding and funding plans? The answer is no. They didn’t even try. The QDR pretty much defers on the subject of tying future shipbuilding to strategy. There is some vague talk in the document about the need for the Navy and the Air Force to jointly develop an air-​​sea battle concept to ensure power projection, but it provides no further details. As for the Navy budget, the 2011 request increases funding for new ship...
  • The Pentagon's Quadrennial Defense Review: Simply an Extension of the Potus's 2010 Defense Budget

    02/02/2010 9:40:06 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Heritage.org ^ | February 2, 2010 | by Mackenzie Eaglen and Rebecca Grant
    Yesterday, the President issued his Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 defense budget request to Congress, and the Pentagon provided the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) to Capitol Hill. The request builds upon last year's defense budget that began to chip away at core defense capabilities. These capabilities should be the mainstays of strategic planning, and include: strategic defense; control of the seas; air superiority; space control; projecting power to distant regions; and information dominance throughout cyberspace. The QDR is intended as a major defense strategy that looks forward 20 years and delineates how the U.S. will structure its armed forces. The QDR...
  • Pentagon Planning Document Eyes Navy, Air Force Programs for Cuts

    01/29/2010 8:23:43 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 20 replies · 548+ views
    washingtonindependent.com ^ | January 30, 2010 | By SPENCER ACKERMAN
    Review Seeks to Rebalance Military Toward Current Threats, Not Hypothetical Ones President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that national security programs would not be subject to his proposed spending freeze. But that hasn’t stopped Pentagon officials from placing what they consider to be outdated military programs in the budgetary icebox. In its master planning document for the medium-term defense outlook, known as the Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon will announce cuts to some Navy and Air Force programs. The Pentagon will not purchase any more of the costly C-17 transport aircraft for the Air Force. It...
  • Pentagon Shifts Its Strategy to Small-Scale Warfare

    01/29/2010 8:19:55 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 27 replies · 440+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2010 | By AUGUST COLE And YOCHI J. DREAZEN
    The Pentagon will lay out a long-term vision for U.S. national security on Monday that jettisons the military's decades-old belief that it needs to be prepared to fight two large-scale wars simultaneously, according to defense officials familiar with the matter. The shift in strategy sets up potential conflicts with defense contractors and powerful lawmakers uneasy with the Pentagon's growing focus on smaller-scale, guerilla warfare. The Quadrennial Defense Review, a congressionally mandated report on U.S. military thinking presented by the administration every four years, will instead focus on developing the strategies and weapons needed to prevail in Afghanistan, Iraq and the...
  • QDR draft leaks (UPDATED)

    01/28/2010 9:47:11 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 11 replies · 455+ views
    Politico ^ | January 27, 2010 | Laura Rozen
    Inside Defense got a leaked draft copy of the forthcoming Quadrennial Defense Review. The national security planning document, being spearheaded by Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, shapes U.S. defense posture around the globe for the next several years. The draft dates from December 3. The QDR is expected to be released on Monday. The headline is that the forthcoming draft QDR scraps the 2-major war posture construct of the past decade. But it's hard to crisply explain what it moves to, except greater complexity. As Inside Defense's Jason Sherman notes (sub. only): The Defense Department is abandoning an explicit requirement...
  • Huge Defense Planning Document Leaks; What Does It Mean for the Budget?

    01/28/2010 9:37:13 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 400+ views
    washingtonindependent.com ^ | JANUARY 28, 2010 | By SPENCER ACKERMAN
    Apropos of my story today about the consistently-ballooning defense budget, Defense News has a leak of the Quadrennial Defense Review, the PentagonÂ’s big planning document that, among other things, is supposed to shape the budget. This is just a leak of a draft, and not the final document. But the document is entering its absolute final phase, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be testifying about it and next yearÂ’s budget (theyÂ’re released simultaneously) before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. As I wrote today, Gates sent...
  • Quadrennial Defense Review Fact Sheet Available on Defenselink

    04/29/2009 4:55:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 146+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – People who are interested in learning more about the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review process can do so by just accessing the QDR fact sheet that was posted today on Defenselink, the Pentagon’s public-internet web page. To access the fact sheet, simply select the “press advisories” button located in the left column of the page, or click on the web link attached below. “The QDR takes a long-term, strategic view of the Department of Defense and will explore ways to balance achieving success in current conflicts with preparing for long-term challenges,” Deputy Defense Secretary...
  • Obama's YouTube Defense Talk 'Bizarre,' Analyst Says

    06/04/2008 9:56:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 447+ views
    Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) ^ | March 4, 2008 | Evan Moore
    (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is facing renewed criticism regarding his national security policies as he continues his campaign for his party's presidential nomination. In a YouTube video Obama made for a liberal pacifist organization last year, the senator called for major cuts in defense spending, slowing the development of future combat systems, and cutting investments in America's ballistic missile defense program. Some conservatives have expressed surprise at the degree of Obama's proposals on the video, and this past weekend, Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) campaign released an ad criticizing Obama's alleged national security inexperience and trumpeting her as the...
  • Report: Military Culture Remains Rooted In Cold-War Era Mindset

    09/02/2006 2:51:09 AM PDT · by SLB · 62 replies · 1,658+ views
    Inside the Army | September 4, 2006 | Fawzia Sheikh
    The U.S. government’s conventional approach to war and reliance on firepower and technology is counterproductive and rooted in a culture averse to counterinsurgencies such as the one embroiling Iraq, said a professor at the Air Force’s Air War College. The American defeat in Vietnam, embarrassing setbacks in Lebanon and Somalia and continuing difficulties in Afghanistan and Iraq convey the limits of “America’s hard-won conventional military supremacy,” wrote Jeffrey Record in a Sept. 1 report, “The American Way of War: Cultural Barriers to Successful Counterinsurgency.” Record said the opposition of the Pentagon, not including the Marine Corps, to counterinsurgency stems back...
  • Threats Abound, QDR Will Help U.S. Meet Them, England Says

    03/15/2006 4:29:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 170+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – As the 21st century progresses, the United States must be prepared to deal with threats posed by terrorists, corrupt regimes and emerging state powers, a top Pentagon leader said here yesterday. The 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review will go a long way toward helping the U.S. military meet these challenges, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told the House Armed Services Committee. "The QDR is a strategic document," he said. "It is based on the recognition that the Department of Defense, and our nation as a whole, face a global security climate of dynamic, complex threats,...
  • QDR Allows Options, Capabilities Against Asymmetric Threat

    03/15/2006 4:25:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 211+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – The first Quadrennial Defense Review undertaken during a time of war provides the military more options and more capabilities, a senior defense official said here today. A large portion of those options and capabilities come in the form of special operations forces, Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told the audience assembled for the 17th Annual National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations/Low-intensity Conflict Symposium and Exhibition. "QDR, I think, represents not something new in a shift toward the emphasis of special operations, but a continued realization of how that has to be...
  • A Leaner, Meaner Military (Newt Gingrich Op-Ed)

    03/04/2006 1:37:03 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 760+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2006 | Newt Gingrich
    The Post's Feb. 13 editorial "Mr. Rumsfeld's Flawed Vision" managed to miss the major achievements of a remarkable Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). This was the most thorough and systematically managed review in Pentagon history. The review board, co-chaired by Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, spent half a year forcing changes in a complex bureaucratic system famous for its ability to hide and wait for the current civilian leadership to disappear so it can continue its old, comfortable ways. Only by sheer force of will has the senior leadership, under the direction of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...
  • Military plots a 'long war' on terror

    02/20/2006 4:49:34 PM PST · by Flavius · 9 replies · 373+ views
    wa ^ | February 20, 2006 | Rowan Scarborough
    Joint Chiefs of Staff planners have produced a 27-page briefing on the war on terror that seeks to explain how to win the "long war" and says Islamic extremists may be supported by 12 million Muslims worldwide. Military planners worry that al Qaeda could win if "traditional allies prefer accommodation." Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the document states, "is absolutely committed to his cause. His religious ideology successfully attracts recruits. He has sufficient population base from which to protract the conflict. ... Even support of 1 percent of the Muslim population would equate to over 12 million 'enemies.' "
  • J-UCAS Canceled, But Not for Naught (Socialism Kills Another Military Program)

    02/20/2006 7:59:06 AM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 49 replies · 1,733+ views
    eDefense ^ | 2/15/06 | Ted McKenna
    US Navy Capt. Ralph Alderson, program director of the Joint-Unmanned Combat Aerial System (J-UCAS) program, said right at the start that he would address the elephant in the room. The FY07 defense budget provides zero funding for the J-UCAS, and the newly released 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) calls for the program's "restructuring," as many of the attendees at the Association of Unmanned Systems International's Unmanned Systems Program Review 2006 conference in Washington, DC, on Feb. 8 perhaps already knew, Capt. Alderson said. "Restructuring" would appear to be a euphemism for "canceled," but despite standing at the podium with a...
  • A Strategy for Heroes - What's wrong with the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.

    02/19/2006 7:50:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 712+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02/20/2006 | Frederick W. Kagan
    WARNING: The page you have accessed is dependent on JAVASCRIPT which is not supported by your browser. Due to this limitation, you may experience unexpected results within this site. A Strategy for Heroes What's wrong with the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.by Frederick W. Kagan 02/20/2006, Volume 011, Issue 22 THE PENTAGON RELEASED ITS QUADRENNIAL Defense Review on February 6. The latest installment of the congressionally mandated report on the state of the military declares, "manifestly, this document is not a 'new beginning.'" Indeed it is not. The new QDR reflects a concerted effort by the Pentagon to return to...
  • The New Pentagon Papers

    02/11/2006 6:35:52 AM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 4 replies · 339+ views
    MND ^ | Friday, February 10, 2006 | by Jim Kouri
    A military expert in China complained to the Chinese government-controlled news service that Pentagon documents released on February 3, 2006, alleging that China is America's greatest future threat, reflects the United States' "hostility and high measure of vigilance against China's development." A military scholar at the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, Wang Xinjun, claims that US military documents reveal the Bush Administration’s true military objectives that could very possibly jeopardize US relations with China. The Pentagon documents to which Xinjun refers is the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) which was submitted to the Congressional Armed Services Committee. In particular, one document...
  • Pentagon eyes new long-range strike weapon in terror war

    02/04/2006 7:29:59 PM PST · by voletti · 29 replies · 1,116+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 2/4/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON: The Pentagon is speeding up the development of new weapons designed to knock out targets anywhere in the world in short order. The Defense Department said on Friday it wants to develop a new “land-based, penetrating strike capability” for fielding by 2018 while modernising the current bomber force of B-1s, B-2s and B-52s. The terms “long-range strike” and “bombers” were once synonymous. But such 21st-century systems could be manned or unmanned and could involve a mix of missiles, rockets, lasers and other munitions, defense experts said. The move was formally unveiled in the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR,...
  • Galloway: Pentagon embraces high-tech, shuns high-utility

    02/11/2006 6:12:41 AM PST · by SLB · 31 replies · 612+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 10 Feb 06 | Joe Galloway
    WASHINGTON - No one has been more contemptuous of Cold War thinking and planning in our military than Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and his band of transformers and reformers, and yet when it came time to fish or cut bait this week, they just sat in the boat doing nothing. The Defense Department thinkers have had four years to write the document that is to guide and inform our military strategy, tactics, arms acquisition and manpower for the next 20 years, the Quadrennial Defense Review mandated by Congress. For months the Rumsfeld lieutenants have floated trial balloons warning...
  • Bolstering the military

    02/10/2006 5:47:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2006 | Robert Scales
        Today the Quadrennial Defense Review hits the Beltway. While I don't agree with some of the provisions in the document, I was impressed with the commitment of the Defense Department to preserve substantively intact modernization of the ground services. This is a historical departure from the past when the Army and Marine Corps always arrived at the dispensing of materiel largess with hands out and expectations low.     The second most expensive program within the DoD is the Army's Future Combat System. FCS is in fact a collection of many smaller systems, ranging from light armored vehicles to aerial drones and...
  • We're Not Spending Enough on Defense

    02/06/2006 6:41:03 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 4 replies · 268+ views
    Humman Events ^ | February.6, 2006 | James J. Carafano
    Last Friday the Department of Defense released its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). This report, which the department is required by law to pre­pare every four years, reviews the department’s forces, resources, and programs. It outlines a strategy for addressing critical issues like budget and acquisition priorities, emerging threats, and required capabilities. One issue that the QDR probably does not adequately address is the need to increase defense spending in the years ahead to prevent the military from becoming hollow. How Much is Enough? America’s national security is in peril when it has a military that looks good on paper but...
  • Pentagon proposes long-range shift to battle terrorism

    02/04/2006 9:49:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 516+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | February 4, 2006 | Drew Brown
    Knight Ridder Newspapers WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to strengthen its special-operations forces to fight terrorists and insurgents, but it won't increase the military's ground forces or eliminate its most expensive weapons programs, according to a long-range plan released Friday. The Quadrennial Defense Review makes fighting terrorism the military's top priority, said Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The 20-year plan will be sent to Congress on Monday with President Bush's proposed $439 billion Pentagon budget for 2007. Some analysts said the long-range plan doesn't reshape the military enough to meet new threats because it doesn't...
  • Navy plans westward expansion - With eye on China, review calls for shift to the Pacific

    02/04/2006 1:42:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,189+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/4/06 | Steve Liewer
    While the Army and Marine Corps bear the brunt of warfare in the Middle East, leaders of the Navy are looking west. In a sweeping report on the nation's long-range defense needs, released yesterday in Washington, D.C., Pentagon leaders laid out plans for transforming the military to fight terrorist organizations. They suggested boosting special-operations forces such as the Navy SEALs and the Marines' new MarSOC commando unit by 15 percent. They also pushed for closer participation between the U.S. military and foreign forces to defeat terrorism. The 92-page Quadrennial Defense Review, which projects Pentagon needs 20 years ahead, seeks more...
  • DoD Releases QDR to Chart Way Ahead to Confront Future

    02/03/2006 6:57:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 963+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2006 – The Defense Department unveiled the Quadrennial Defense Review today, charting the way ahead for the next 20 years as it confronts current and future challenges and continues its transformation for the 21st century. The 92-page report, sent to Congress beginning today, represents "a common vision of where we need to go and what we need to do," Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary for policy, told Pentagon reporters today. The report was driven, managed and authored by senior leaders throughout the department, from Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to the Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint...
  • QDR focuses on protecting Americans

    02/03/2006 6:44:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 106+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | John D. Banusiewicz
    2/3/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Just as the fall of the Soviet Union led to changes in how the U.S. military is organized and operates, the post-Sept. 11 world requires continuation of that process, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here Feb. 1. At a Pentagon news conference, Mr. Rumsfeld and Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talked about next week's anticipated delivery of the Quadrennial Defense Review, or QDR, to Congress. "More than a decade has passed since the Cold War ended and the Soviet empire went, as was once predicted, into the...
  • Mandatory reading on defense strategy

    02/03/2006 12:01:04 PM PST · by BamaFan · 11 replies · 532+ views
    http://www.jcs.mil/ Two links to must-read documents. JCS published "Long War Brief" - they've finally figured out how to communicate strategy to the public. QDR preface at Inside Defense contrasts today's environment with Cold War environment, lists accomplishments, and sets stage for all the force structure recommendations that will be getting publicity soon. All in all, looks to me like Rumsfeld's last shot - I'd bet he retires soon.
  • Rumsfeld Notes Terrorists' Failures, Gives QDR Preview

    02/01/2006 5:24:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 354+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2006 – Terrorists have failed repeatedly to meet their objectives in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. "They failed to stop the January elections, they failed to stop the drafting of the constitution, they failed to stop the referendum on the constitution, they failed to stop the most recent election, they failed to stop the seating of the parliament, they're going to fail to stop the seating of a new government," Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news briefing. "They are on the run. ... They have failed in almost everything they have tried to...
  • Pentagon is about to be transformed into a slaughterhouse for sacred cows ( )

    02/18/2005 10:25:14 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 799+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Feb. 9, 2005 / 30 Shevat, 5765 | Jack Kelly
    President Bush has presented what — barring shooting wars with Iran, Syria or North Korea — almost certainly will be the largest defense budget of his presidency. It calls for spending $419 billion, 4.8 percent more than last year, 41 percent more than his first budget proposal in 2001.******************************************** Snip****************************** From the end of the Cold War until the insurgency in Iraq, military planning has focused on being able to fight two regional conventional conflicts at the same time. The military planned to smash the enemy quickly — chiefly through air power — and then go home. But the insurgency...