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Quadrennial Defense Review Fact Sheet Available on Defenselink

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – People who are interested in learning more about the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review process can do so by just accessing the QDR fact sheet that was posted today on Defenselink, the Pentagon’s public-internet web page.

To access the fact sheet, simply select the “press advisories” button located in the left column of the page, or click on the web link attached below.

“The QDR takes a long-term, strategic view of the Department of Defense and will explore ways to balance achieving success in current conflicts with preparing for long-term challenges,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III stated in a Defense Department news release issued April 23.

The QDR “will also look at ways to institutionalize irregular warfare capabilities while maintaining the United States’ existing strategic and technological edge in traditional warfare,” Lynn said in the release.

The QDR is performed every four years; previous QDRs were conducted in 1997, 2001, and 2006.

The purpose of the QDR is “to assess the threats and capabilities the nation faces, and then integrate strategies, resources, forces, and capabilities necessary to prevent conflict or conclude it on terms that are favorable to the nation now and in the future,” Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated in an April 23 news release.

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