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The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review: China and Space - The Unmentionables

Recorded on July 7, 2005

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. There are two important issues facing future U.S. military planning, which the QDR should address, yet which appear to be regarded as "unmentionable" among policy-makers.

China: How should the QDR reflect the long-range planning which must be in place should China, for whatever reason, decide to use its rising economic and military power to leverage pressure against the United States?

Space: Is this a topic for the "Enablers" or the "Capabilities" QDR Team? Where should Space fit within QDR deliberations? What roles will Space play in future U.S. military planning and operations?

Please join us as our experts analyze these topics, and the important ramifications for transformation and readiness in a changing global security environment.