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Author Patterson, P. Dean, Jr

Title Rethinking the QDR : the case for a persistent defense review / P. Dean Patterson, Jr., Lenny J. Richoux
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : AIr University Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 60 pages)
Series Walker paper ; no. 14
Walker paper (Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.) ; no. 14
Summary The fourth Department of Defense (DOD) Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) will be submitted to Congress in February 2009. A relatively new instrument, the QDR requires the US military establishment to re-examine long-range strategy and adjust the strategic, programmatic, and budgetary vectors of the department. The espoused purpose of the QDR is to survey future national security threats and develop dissuasive strategies. Because strategies eventually lead to programs and budgets, some say that changes to the defense budget are the most important and visible outcomes of the QDR. While the Pentagon's planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) system has continuously operated (in one form or another) since the 1960s, the QDR is a relatively recent innovation - with the first report completed in 1997. Since 1997 it has been used by new presidents to mold DOD initiatives and direction at the outset of their administrations. Making such presidential input stick over a four-year term, however, remains a political challenge. While the ongoing PPBE process has served DOD well, the record for the QDR is less solid. Having interviewed several experts with extensive high-level QDR experience, the authors found three popular recommendations on the future of QDR: abandon the QDR; enlarge the QDR to include the interagency; or create a persistent QDR that works alongside the existing PPBE process. An interagency QDR expansion is introduced as an important option but one that will need a longer time horizon to fully implement. This paper examines past QDRs and recommends that DOD adopt a persistent QDR
Notes "January 2009."
Title from title screen (viewed on Apr. 7, 2009)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 57-60)
Subject Military planning -- United States
Special operations (Military science) -- United States -- Forecasting
Government and political science.
Military doctrine.
Military planning.
Planning programming budgeting.
Interagency coordination.
Logistics, military facilities and supplies.
Military budgets.
Military operations, strategy and tactics.
National security.
Military planning.
Military policy -- Planning.
United States -- Military policy -- Planning
United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Richoux, Lenny J
Air University (U.S.). Air Force Fellows
Other Titles Rethinking the Quadrennial Defense Review