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Immediate Release

Readout of Defense Policy Board Meeting

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:

The Defense Policy Board met Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16 for the first time since completing Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s zero-based review process.  The board is the second advisory committee to reconstitute since the review was completed.  The Defense Business Board convened in November.

The board, led by Chair Madeleine K. Albright, received classified briefings on China military modernization, the National Defense Strategy priorities and strategic approach, integrated deterrence, the Nuclear Posture Review, and the Missile Defense Review from senior civilian officials.

Secretary Austin joined the meeting to receive an out brief from the board on their findings after reviewing a draft version of the classified 2021 National Defense Strategy.

The Secretary thanked the board members for dedication to the defense of the nation through their service on the board, and said he appreciated their advice and counsel as the Department continues to develop the 2021 National Defense Strategy.

The Defense Policy Board is chartered to provide independent advice and recommendations on matters concerning defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. 

The board focuses on issues central to strategic Department of Defense planning; policy implications of U.S. force structure and force modernization on DoD’s ability to execute U.S. defense strategy; U.S. regional defense policies; and any other topics raised by the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. 

More information on the Defense Policy Board is available here: