Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pentagon Releases 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Fact Sheet

News in Balance

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 -- The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Terms of Reference fact sheet is now available for download from the Pentagon.

The QDR, which is conducted every four years, is one of the principal means by which the tenets of the National Defense Strategy are translated into potentially new policies, capabilities and initiatives. The purpose of the QDR is to assess the threats and challenges the nation faces, as well as to balance the department's strategies, capabilities and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats.

The QDR is a legislatively-mandated review of DoD strategy and priorities. Previous QDRs were conducted in 1997, 2001, and 2006.

The purpose of the QDR is "to assess the threats and capabilities the nation faces, and then integrate strategies, resources, forces, and capabilities necessary to prevent conflict or conclude it on terms that are favorable to the nation now and in the future," Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in an April 23 news release.

(From a U.S. Defense Department news release.)

Download: Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) Fact Sheet (pdf)

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