Strategic Issues and Options for the Quadrennial Defense Review
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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As the Department of Defense conducts its first Quadrennial Defense Review QDR, it will wish to examine a range of strategic options. The purpose in doing so is not so much to identify clear-cut alternatives, and then to choose one in pure form, but rather to consider some dramatized issues and choices as part of preparing for the synthesis of actual Department of Defense DoD strategy. This briefing is our attempt to assist in that process. As described elsewhere, we recommend a portfolio management approach to defense planning. In this framework, DoDs investments are seen as contributing to a portfolio of activities Figure S.1, the elements of which are 1 maintaining and improving capabilities for diverse military contingencies, both large and small 2 shaping the international environment in the three principal regions of concern Europe, the Greater Middle East and East Asia and 3 assuring strategic adaptiveness so that the United States can in the future change the size, character, geographical focus, and posture of its forces readily in response to whatever technical or geopolitical challenges emerge.
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