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The Quadrennial Defense Review: Process, Policy, and Perspectives

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On February 26, 2013, CSBA Vice President and Director of Studies Jim Thomas testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the Quadrennial Defense Review: Process, Policy, and Perspectives.

In his testimony, Mr. Thomas offered lessons from past QDRs based on his involvement in the 1997, 2001, and 2006 QDRs, as well as the 2010 QDR, during which he served on the Secretary of Defense’s Red Team.

The testimony addresses the issue of the defense strategy, and makes suggestions on how the upcoming QDR might weigh risks, prioritize forces and capabilities, and reformulate the force planning construct.

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