QDR 2001: Strategy-Driven Choices for America's Security   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) presents the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) with an invaluable opportunity and a tremendous responsibility. The QDR offers the opportunity to articulate a compelling defense strategy for protecting and advancing U.S. national interests and to develop a sound programmatic and budgetary blueprint to realize that strategy. At the same time, the QDR brings with it the responsibility to address a mismatch between defense strategy and resources estimated at between $30 billion and $50 billion per year. This mismatch must be addressed not simply because it exists--many would argue that there will always be such a gap--but because of the highly corrosive effects it will produce over time: serious tempo and readiness strains, chronic inability to meet modernization objectives, deterioration of the morale and quality of life of the force, and recruiting and retention shortfalls. If these pitfalls are to be avoided and the unparalleled quality of the U.S. military maintained, the next administration must make hard choices to close the gap between strategy and resources."

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