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New Budget, Old Ideas: DoD Releases 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

DoD SealToday in Washington, The Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the President's FY2015 Budget Proposal, released the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).  Current legislation (USC 10, Sec. 118 (a)) mandates that the QDR "outlines the strategic direction of the Department and establishes priorities to determine appropriate resource investments."

The 2014 QDR projects a long-term course for the DoD as it "assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DoD's strategies, capabilities, and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats."

First, the 2014 QDR re-emphasizes the national security priorities which originated in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance:

  1. "Protect the homeland, to deter and defeat attacks on the United States and to mitigate the effects of potential attacks and natural disasters.
  2. Build security globally, to preserve regional stability, deter adversaries, support allies and partners, and cooperate with others to address common security challenges.
  3. Project power and win decisively, to defeat aggression, disrupt and destroy terrorist networks, and provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief."

Second, the 2014 QDR outlines how the Department of Defense is currently taking the initiative to rebalance budget strategy within major elements of the Joint Forces.

Third, the QDR demonstrates the DoD's intent to rebalance its own internal structure, thereby reducing administrative costs that threaten to limit spending on things that matter most--combat readiness--within this period of fiscal austerity.

For additional quick information, the Homeland Security Digital Library also houses a copy of the 2014 QDR Fact Sheet.