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April 04, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

A former Army secretary is the latest nominee for a
commission that will study the structure of the Air Force and report its
findings to Congress in 2014.

April 03, 2013 |

The Defense Department has assigned Christine Fox, the head of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation shop, a central role in its ongoing strategic-choices assessment, a move that underscores DOD's interest in maintaining its current strategy while revising related budget priorities.

April 03, 2013 |

The Pentagon's Strategic Choices and Management Review could fundamentally change the prioritization of Defense Department resources and fashion new structures and practices to address future challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today.

March 18, 2013 |

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week directed senior leaders to conduct a review of the choices that underlie the Defense Department's strategy, force posture, investments and institutional management -- including "all past assumptions, systems and practices," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

March 14, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

Air Force top brass will be meeting in April to address 28
strategic questions and develop "the bookends" for a look-ahead force-structure
strategy, according to a senior official.

March 04, 2013 |

The 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review should be steered by an up-front assessment of how diminishing resources might force the Obama administration to revise or rewrite its defense strategy, Maj. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Marine Corps' lead officer for the QDR, said today.

February 21, 2013 |

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will leave it to his expected successor, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), to issue guidance for the Pentagon's 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, a sweeping assessment of defense priorities that comes amid a national fiscal crisis.

February 15, 2013 |

Leaders of the Army, Marine Corps and U.S. Special Operations Command have formally agreed to develop a new concept for 21st century strategic landpower, but they remain undecided on Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno's proposal for a new landpower office.

February 07, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The risk that U.S. adversaries will develop surprising weapons capable of challenging American military dominance -- perhaps by taking out U.S. military satellites or aircraft carriers -- calls for a new framework to guard against unexpected threats, according to a new study commissioned by the Navy.

February 07, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command's chief, Adm. William McRaven, has asked combatant commanders to validate their anticipated special operations requirements for the coming years.

January 30, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy has formally established a new group to eye emerging
technology and systematically evaluate, develop and implement innovative
strategic concepts with the aim of informing naval strategy and operational
doctrine.

January 04, 2013 |

The Defense Department is contemplating a new legislative requirement to conduct an "end-to-end, full-spectrum" mobility review of its aircraft and ship needs in 2018, a mandate that comes just as the Pentagon is wrapping up a nine-month assessment on the subject -- but with a narrower scope -- designed to influence deliberations this year during the Quadrennial Defense Review.

December 18, 2012 |

The Defense Department is urging lawmakers to drop a House provision from the final 2013 defense authorization bill that would establish a bipartisan independent panel to conduct a strategic review of the Army's force structure in tandem with a recurring independent critique of the Quadrennial Defense Review.

September 28, 2012 |

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's new vision for the U.S. military of 2020 carries with it significant risks, including the possibility that new communications capabilities deemed essential might be vulnerable to enemy action or too costly or complex to build in the first place.

April 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

In a move that could strengthen Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno's ability to shape his service's long-term future, the general is creating a Strategic Studies Group modeled after a cadre of maritime-minded thinkers at the Naval War College.

April 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Joint Staff's effort to write a new vision of joint warfare for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's signature is sparking fierce debate within the Defense Department.

April 04, 2012 |

Top Defense Department officials have hammered out a new ranking of the military's most acute capability shortfalls, a classified list of potential Achilles' heels intended to help drive investment decisions between fiscal years 2014 and 2018.

On March 20, the Joint Requirements Oversight Council convened in the Pentagon to wrap up work on one of its most important annual tasks -- producing a consolidated list of combatant commander priorities, according to military officials.

March 29, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

A new Army-Marine Corps warfighting concept is designed to strengthen joint military operations and complement the AirSea Battle plan, while laying out plans to gain and maintain operational access in the face of area-denial strategies.

January 30, 2012 |

The Pentagon's next Quadrennial Defense Review will be shaped largely by how Congress grapples with the federal debt and who wins the White House in 2012, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy said today.

What the 2014 QDR report looks like will depend on whether Congress permits sequestration to be implemented, forcing new defense cuts totaling hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade, or whether lawmakers make the "necessary hard choices" to avoid going down that path, she said at a Reserve Officers Association conference.

January 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has launched a series of classified discussions, including secret-level meetings this week, to update the 2007 maritime strategy signed by the chiefs of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, according to sources and documents.

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