The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Report (QDR) and the Fiscal Year 2011 defense budget proposal reveal a critical contradiction at the heart of the Obama Administration's national security policy. As the second sentence of the QDR states, "first and foremost, the United States is a nation at war." But the remainder of the report and, more importantly, the long-term budget, reflect an administration more interested in ending wars than winning them, and prepared to defer the modernization of the military resources necessary to maintain American leadership in the face of emerging threats.
AEI's Center for Defense Studies (CDS) has developed a presentation, narrated by CDS director Tom Donnelly, assessing the key shortfalls of the QDR and the administration's defense budget proposal.
Download this narrated PowerPower presentation at http://www.aei.org/qdrresponse.
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A PDF version of this presentation is available without audio narration at http://www.aei.org/qdrresponsepdf.
Thomas Donnelly is a resident fellow and the director of the Center for Defense Studies at AEI.