Quadrennial Defense Review: Process, Policy, and Perspectives: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, February 26, 2013   [open pdf - 1MB]

This testimony compilation is from the February 26, 2013 hearing, "Quadrennial Defense Review: Process, Policy, and Perspectives," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. From the opening statement of Martha Roby: "The Quadrennial Defense Review [QDR] undertaken by the Pentagon every four years is an extraordinary effort. It is a very important mechanism for our defense leaders to consider our nation's long-term military strategy. It is a way to attempt to match our defenses to the likely threats of the future. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a clear articulation of the U.S. defense strategy has become more challenging. In this period, the threats to the United States have become more varied and unpredictable. Clearly describing our national defense posture in an unstable world is the difficult task of the QDR. The QDR process is just now beginning. Over the next year, Department of Defense officials will carefully consider how to approach the world and determine what resources and force structure are consequently needed. The Department has committed to come before us in coming months to learn more about how the effort is proceeding. Today we will hear from three distinguished witnesses who are knowledgeable about past QDRs and defense strategy in general. They will testify about how the QDR process might be shaped and about broader strategic issues they believe the coming QDR should consider." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Martha Roby, Shawn Brimley, Colin Dueck, and Jim Thomas.

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