Report of the National Defense Panel, Transforming Defense-National Security in The 21st Century, December 1997
ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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The document focuses on the long-term issues facing U.S. defense and national security. It identifies the changes that will be needed to ensure U.S. leadership and the security and prosperity of the American people in the 21st century. It highlights the finding that to meet the identified challenges, the U.S. must undertake a broad transformation of its military and national security structures, operational concepts and equipment, and the Department of Defense DoD key business processes. The report recognizes that much is being done toward these goals but the pace of this change must be accelerated. The report builds on the findings of the Quadrennial Defense Review QDR but looks further into the future and places much more emphasis on the transformation strategy that must be considered. The report begins by highlighting the world in 2020 in relation to geopolitical trends, demographic and social trends, economic trends and technology trends. Operational challenges to the military including those associated with power projection, information operations, space, urban operations, weapons of mass destruction and transnational threats and challenges are discussed. Specific concerns include 1 terrorism, information operations, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, missile proliferation and a host of transnational dangers may play a more prominent role 2 our ability to rapidly and effectively project and sustain U.S. military power to distant regions may be challenged 3 our space system vulnerability is increasing and 4 the need to prepare ourselves to conduct operations in urban environments is increasing.
- Civil Defense
- Defense Systems