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Vice Adm. Evan Chanik, director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff, and Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Ryan Henry roll out the QDR at a press briefing Feb. 3, 2006. Defense Dept. photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean P. Houlihan, U.S. Air Force Hi-Res Photo
The United States is a Nation Engaged in What Will be a Long War
Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation has fought a global war against violent extremists who use terrorism as their weapon of choice, and who seek to destroy our free way of life. Our enemies seek weapons of mass destruction and, if they are successful, will likely attempt to use them in their conflict with free people everywhere. Currently, the struggle is centered in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we will need to be prepared and arranged to successfully defend our nation and its interests around the globe for years to come.
This 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review is submitted in the fifth year of this long war. The QDR is part of the continuum of transformation in the Defense Department. Its purpose is to help shape the process of change to provide the United States with strong, sound and effective warfighting capabilities in the decades ahead. Click to view the QDR

Title 10, Section 118 of the United States Code specifies: “The Secretary of Defense shall every four years, during a year following a year evenly divisible by four, conduct a comprehensive examination (to be known as a " quadrennial defense review") of the national defense strategy, force structure, force modernization plans, infrastructure, budget plan, and other elements of the defense program and policies of the United States with a view toward determining and expressing the defense strategy of the United States and establishing a defense program for the next 20 years. Each such quadrennial defense review shall be conducted in consultation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

QDR legislation was amended by the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act, which stipulated that the due date for the report is “in the year following the year in which the review is conducted, but not later than the date on which the President submits the budget for the next fiscal year to Congress…”
  QDR Charts Way Ahead to Confront Future Challenges
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2006 – The Defense Department unveiled the Quadrennial Defense Review today, charting the way ahead for the next 20 years as it confronts current and future challenges and continues its transformation for the 21st century.
The 92-page report, sent to Congress beginning today, represents "a common vision of where we need to go and what we need to do," Ryan Henry, principal deputy undersecretary for policy, told Pentagon reporters today. Story
  Rumsfeld Says QDR Reflects a 'Continuing Process'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2006 — Just as the fall of the Soviet Union led to changes in how the U.S. military is organized and operates, the post-Sept. 11 world requires continuation of that process, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here Feb. 1. At a Pentagon news conference, Rumsfeld and Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave reporters some context in advance of next week's anticipated delivery of the Quadrennial Defense Review to Congress. Story
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld (right) and Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answer questions during a Pentagon press briefing Feb. 1, 2006. Rumsfeld and Giambastiani talked to reporters about the pending Quadrennial Defense Review and the continued global war on terrorism. Defense Dept. photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, USN
  QDR Will Help Military Meet Challenges, England Says
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2006 — The Quadrennial Defense Review will shift the strategic direction of the U.S. armed forces to help the United States win the long war against terrorism, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said here Feb.1.
Speaking at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies at the St. Regis Hotel, England said the strategy put forth in the upcoming QDR will help the U.S. armed forces respond to “asymmetrical threats” and challenges to national security. Story
  QDR Allows DoD to Make ‘Vector Changes’
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2006 — The Quadrennial Defense Review is a chance for the Defense Department to make “vector changes” on the transformation of the American military, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during
a recent interview. Navy Adm. Edmund Giambastiani said the QDR allows the department to assess the path it is on and move the emphasis from certain areas and place it on other more important areas. Story
Latest News on QDR
   VIDEO: Quadrennial Defense Review Briefing, Feb. 3, 2006 | AUDIO
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Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld
"This is the first such assessment conducted during a time of war, a war
that is perhaps unprecedented in its complexity. It builds on several years
of momentous change and on the
lessons learned during the past four
years of the global war on terror, peacekeeping operations, and yes,
also several important humanitarian
relief activities. These experiences highlighted the importance of building
the capacity of partner states, other nations, friendly nations that are willing
to help, and recognizing potential
threats early and taking prompt
measures to prevent problems from becoming conflicts or crises."
Pentagon Briefing, Feb. 1, 2006
Deputy Defense Secretary
Gordon R. England
The Defense Department will “move in a direction of speed, agility, precision and lethality in force, shifting emphasis from the Cold War construct.”
Speech Hosted by Center for Strategic and International Studies Feb. 1, 2006
Vice Chairman
Joint Chiefs of Staff
Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr.
"The QDR will lay the groundwork for addressing security challenges of this very uncertain future. It provides a chance to reflect on what we have accomplished and where we need to go. The QDR is what one might call a vector; it's a vector for the future of the joint force. It has both direction and magnitude."
Pentagon Press Briefing, Feb. 1, 2006
Vice Adm. Evan Chanik, Director, Force Structure, Resources and Assessment, Joint Staff
"The average military guy out there understands we live in a changing world and that as this world changes, we need to change with it."
Pentagon Press Briefing, Feb. 3, 2006
Related Items
News Briefing with Ryan Henry and Vice Adm. Evan      Chanik Friday, Feb. 3, 2006
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Speech, Feb. 1, 2006
Transcript of Feb. 3, 2006 Press Briefing Slides
Related Sites
• National Defense Strategy (2005)
• National Military Strategy (2005)
• National Security Strategy (2002)
• QDR 2001 QDR 1997
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