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The Quadrennial Defense Review: Process, Policy, and Perspectives

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.


The Defense Industrial Base: A National Security Imperative

Chairman Shuster, Mr. Larsen, and Members of the Defense Business Panel, thank you for inviting me to testify at today’s hearing on the imperative to preserve essential elements of U.S. defense industrial base.


The Future of National Defense and the U.S. Military Ten Years After 9/11

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, and Members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify today. On September 11, 2001, I was working in the Pentagon as part of a small team drafting the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review. The 9/11 attacks were a watershed event for me personally and for the Department of Defense. The attacks immediately reduced the peacetime bureaucratic processes of the day, including the QDR, to trivialities, as the Department – and the Nation – unified in their intent to vanquish the Islamist terrorists who perpetrated the attacks and to prevent future attacks on the United States.


Department of Defense Investment in Technology and Capability to Meet Emerging Threats

In my testimony today, I will describe some of major security challenges the United States is likely to face in the next two decades. I will then outline potential discontinuities in future warfare that should be considered when making future investment decisions. Building on those discontinuities, I will discuss their broad implications for U.S. defense planning. Finally, I will suggest capability areas that appear to be potential growth opportunities for investment given these discontinuities and their implications