Anticipating the QDR
The Pentagon’s latest Quadrennial Defense Review is due February 1, 2010, and New Wars hopes to provide extensive coverage. Reuters gives us a brief preview in a “draft summary” issued by the Military, of what we might expect, of which I doubt there will be few surprises:
* Defending the United States with a “high level of vigilance against terrorist threats” and bracing for more frequent natural disasters due to global climate change;
* Deterring aggression by potentially hostile nation states with continued funding for ships, fighter aircraft, ground forces and other modernization efforts;
* Operating effectively in cyberspace by protecting military networks and engaging adversaries causing harm;
* Conducting counterinsurgency and counterterrorist operations;
* Building foreign partnerships to fight terrorism with more funding of training;
* Accelerating efforts to find and seize weapons of mass destruction.
The second point that stated “continued funding for ships, fighter aircraft, ground forces” is a bit worrisome since it implies “business as usual” with over-complicated high tech platforms that absorb massive funds for very little gain. Even though the Pentagon is as yet unprepared to reduce quantities of last century platforms which we consider more of use from another era and not the present, eventually the slow-down in funding will push us into real change. Still following the budget numbers, of which we have more confidence in than the QDR.