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Military News Briefs for the Week of June 22, 2001

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 22, 2001 – (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending June 22, 2001.)



WASHINGTON, June 22, 2001 - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Congress the way U.S. armed forces are configured must change to deal with the new threats of the 21st century.

Rumsfeld said the current defense strategy is not working, and the on-going Quadrennial Defense Review will present strategic options for President Bush and other decision makers. The Bush Administration will use results of the QDR as the basis of the fiscal 2003 Defense Budget.

Until then, however, DoD will continue to follow the "shape, prepare, respond" defense strategy that has been in place since the last revision of the U.S. National Security Strategy in 1995. DoD will also continue to structure forces based on the force-sizing construct of being prepared to fight two near-simultaneous major theater wars.

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WASHINGTON, June 18, 2001 -- At the heart of the Quadrennial Defense Review is the need to have "a strategy- driven budget rather than a budget-driven strategy," a senior DoD civilian official said June 14.

But the review, as originally scheduled, would not have been finished in time to use the results in forming the fiscal 2003 defense budget so Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered the services to speed up the process.

The official said the services should have preliminary QDR guidance by the end of July. He said the "forced-march pace" is necessary and doable. A senior military official said the new deadline will be met, "but there will be a lot of late nights in the Pentagon."

The speed-up will still allow time for recommendations from Rumsfeld's independent review of DoD to be included, the civilian official said.

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WASHINGTON, June 20, 2001 -- Computers and the Internet deliver a world of information that enriches the lives of many disabled people, but they also create challenges that DoD, other government agencies and the private sector must do more to solve.

That was President Bush 's message to a Pentagon audience June 19 that included Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Dinah F.B. Cohen, director of DoD's Computer and Electronic Accommodation Program; Sen. James M. Jeffords of Vermont; Rep. Steve Horn of California; and a host of disabled employees.

"Americans with disabilities have a great deal to contribute to our national security," Rumsfeld said before introducing the president. "In this era of continuing, advancing technologies, there are possibilities to harness their talents in ways that were previously inconceivable."

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WASHINGTON, June 19, 2001 -- DoD is establishing a Senior Executive Council to implement modern business practices in the department and to guide transformation efforts in the services.

The council will consist of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Army Secretary Thomas E. White, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England, Air Force Secretary James G. Roche, and Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Wolfowitz made the announcement during a press conference June 18. The committee will meet monthly and be chaired by the defense secretary. Wolfowitz said the council has two challenges. "One ... is to get more efficient, to find ways to make better use of the resources that the country gives us to manage the defense of the nation," he said. The second is how to take advantage of new technologies to transform U.S. military capabilities.

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2001 -- By 2010, the transformation of the military could be a fifth to a quarter accomplished, U.S. Joint Forces Command officials said.

The transformation is not haphazard and is well-thought out, said Army Col. Dan Bolger, chief of strategy division at the command's Strategy, Requirements and Integration Directorate.

The division is integrating the plan that will lead to the military capabilities proposed in Joint Vision 2020, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff statement of future capabilities. Bolger's office is the advocate of the idea known as jointness.

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