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Quadrennial Defense Review

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated review of Department of Defense strategy and priorities. The QDR will set a long-term course for
DoD as it assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DoD's strategies, capabilities, and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats.

News Archive

Cybersecurity Seizes More Attention, Budget Dollars

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2010 – Cybersecurity is seizing more attention and budget dollars from the Defense Department at a time when China’s alleged cyber attack on Google has underscored the urgency of the threat and the vulnerability of U.S. networks. Story»

Review Strikes Right Balance for Military, Admiral Says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2010 – The Pentagon’s military leaders say the new Quadrennial Defense Review strikes the right balance between today’s wars and the need to combat future threats. Story»

Experts Provide Insights on Strategic Reports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2010 – Defense officials who helped to write the Quadrennial Defense Review and the related Ballistic Missile Defense Review offered insights into their analyses in a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable yesterday. Story»

Review Calls for Stronger Cooperation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2010 – A network of strong relationships with U.S. allies around the world as well as civilian partners at home is critical to executing the Defense Department’s long-term strategy, Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy said. Story»

Defense Review Foresees Long-term Role for National Guard

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 1, 2010 - A National Guard that has been vital to national defense for the past eight years will remain an operational force, according to the Department of Defense's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review. Story»

Review Upgrades Personnel Status; Budget Confirms It

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2010 – The Fiscal 2011 Defense Budget Request and the Quadrennial Defense Review look at personnel as a strategic asset, the Joint Staff’s director for force structure, resources and assessments said. Story»

Budget, Defense Reviews Key on Current Wars

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2010 – The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is the first to identify “prevailing in today’s wars” as a primary objective as part of the overall defense planning and budgeting process, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Story»

Review Aims to Rebalance Forces, Puts People First

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2010 – The Quadrennial Defense Review, released today, seeks to rebalance the military to better fight today’s wars and to institutionalize department reforms, the undersecretary of defense for policy said. Story»

Lynn Lists Aerospace, Cyber-Age Challenges

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2009 - Current and potential U.S. adversaries seek to employ asymmetrical weapons, such as improvised explosive devices and cyber warfare, as a means to confront U.S. military superiority in conventional conflict, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III. Story»

Afghanistan, Iraq Drive Landmark Defense Review

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2009 - The Quadrennial Defense Review under way within the Defense Department will be unlike any other: the first to be driven by current wartime requirements, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn said. Story»

McHugh Puts Soldiers, Families at Center of Agenda

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2009 – Getting the Army’s personnel aspects right is the most important job for its leaders, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said less than a month into the job. Story»

Admiral Cites Need to Prepare for All Threats

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2009 – Military commanders of the future should be proficient at managing high-tech communications networks and also should know how to wage conventional, irregular and hybrid warfare, a senior U.S. Navy officer said. Story»

General Cites Importance of Northeastern Asia

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2009 – Northeastern Asia is an area of vital national interest to the United States, and American troops stand ready to defend the region, the commander of combined and U.S. forces in Korea said. Story»

Marines Showcase Irregular Warfare Capabilities for QDR Panel

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., Aug. 28 – Representatives from the Department of Defense visited Marine Corps forces in North Carolina, Aug. 28, 2009, as part of the Quadrennial Defense Review. Story»

Vice Chairman Addresses Defense Program Reviews

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 25, 2009 – The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed relevance, adaptability and affordability as top concerns for programs ranging from nuclear weapons to satellites. Story»

Review Looks to Strike Balance Between Current, Future Needs

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 – As the nation fights two protracted wars and North Korea rattles off war-like rhetoric, officials working on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review are striving to strike a balance between the needs of the current fight and preparing for future threats. Story»

Defense Department Prepares Quadrennial Defense Review

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2009 – The congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review is an opportunity for the defense secretary to articulate his vision, a Pentagon official says. Story»

Marine Corps Ready for Review’s Scrutiny, Commandant Says

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2009 – The Marine Corps is lean and built for a fight, including the scrutiny of the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review, the service's commandant said. Story»

Military Needs New Strategy for Present, Future Threats, General Says

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 12, 2009 – The U.S. military requires a new, grand strategy to address today’s complex security threats as well as tomorrow’s challenges. Story»

'Hybrid War' to Pull U.S. Military in Two Directions, Flournoy Says

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2009 – The type of "hybrid warfare" that defense experts predict the United States is increasingly likely to face will pull the military in two directions, the Defense Department’s top policy official said. Story»

U.S. Needs ‘Pragmatic, Clear-Eyed’ Defense Strategy, Flournoy Says

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – Defense Department officials should center strategy on smarter, more pragmatic engagement and closer cooperation with other U.S. government agencies and foreign allies, a top Pentagon official told a group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Story»

Pentagon Begins New Quadrennial Defense Review, Nuclear Posture Review

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2009 – Pentagon officials have kicked off the Defense Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and Nuclear Posture Review processes to determine what they need to maintain U.S. national security now and in the coming years. Story»