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A nation must think before it acts.
Much ink has been spilled in the aftermath of the Pentagon’s new Quadrennial Defense Review since its release in February 2006. Overall, many consider the document a mixed bag. Depending upon one’s views, it either gets some things right and other things wrong or else it gets many things wrong and few things right.1 The purpose here is to address what a quadrennial defense review is supposed to accomplish, how QDR 2005 differs from QDR 2001, its relative strengths, and what questions it leaves unanswered….
DoD, Quadrennial Defense Review Report (Washington, D.C.: Feb. 6, 2006).