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