Military News Briefs for the Week of July 13, 2001
National Guard Bureau
WASHINGTON, Jul. 13, 2001 (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service
articles for the week ending July 13, 2001.)
QDR: BLUEPRINT TO MILITARY TRANSFORMATION
If you read the newspapers or watch television you are hearing a lot about the Quadrennial Defense Review. What exactly is this QDR and how does it affect service members?
The QDR is the vehicle DoD will use to transform the American military. Defense leaders will use the information generated by the QDR to shape the budgets.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has sped up work on the 2002 review so officials can use it to help build the fiscal 2003 DoD budget request.
FINANCIAL SYSTEM OVERHAUL MAY SAVE DoD $30B YEARLY
A panel of outside experts recommends DoD overhaul its financial management and accounting operations to realize private-sector-like efficiencies.
The six-member study group, appointed earlier in the year by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld as part of his strategic review, outlined its recommendations July 10 at a Pentagon news briefing.
DoD, EDUCATION COALITION SEEK HELP FOR STUDENTS IN TRANSIT
"Welcome. We care about you and your success in this new place." That's the message the Department of Defense and the Military Child Education Coalition want to send transitioning students of military families, according to Charles S. Abell, assistant secretary of defense for force management policy.
"Not only is it the right thing to do, it's also an investment in our future," Abell told more than 300 coalition members, educators, parents, DoD representatives and military personnel July 11 at the coalition's annual conference in Palm Harbor, Fla.
The nonprofit coalition is an advocate for all military and military-related students who attend public, private, host nation and home schools.