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Mar 17

The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review: Strategy and Threats

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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Every four years, the Department of Defense, as required by law, conducts a review of its forces, resources, and programs, and presents the findings of its Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) to the President and Congress. The review provides a basic strategy for addressing such critical issues as transformation, budgetary constraints, and acquisition priorities for the next 20 years. The Department of Defense has described a matrix consisting of four different threats that future military forces must be capable of addressing. The threat matrix reflects Secretary Rumsfeld's intent to shift to a "capabilities" based force designed to meet a range of national security needs.

Please join us as our distinguished guests analyze how the threat matrix differs from previous efforts to drive military transformation, and whether it will provide the right framework to meet the military needs of the 21st century.

More About the Speakers

Ian Roxborough, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and History,
State University of New York (SUNY)

Steven Metz, Ph.D.
Chairman, Regional Strategy and Planning,
Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College

Loren Thompson, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer, Lexington Institute