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A Balanced Strategy

By Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates

The defining principle of the Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy is balance. The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs.
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The Contested Commons

By Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy

The world is undergoing a profound and lasting shift in the relative balance of power among nations. While the United States will remain the single most powerful nation well into the century, globalization, combined with the rise of new powers such as China and India, will undeniably reshape the contours of global power.
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The Quadrennial Defense Review will assess the threats and challenges the nation faces and re-balance DoD's strategies, capabilities and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats. The QDR is one of the principal means by which the tenets of the National Defense Strategy are translated into potentially new policies, capabilities and initiatives.

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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»

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»

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