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PacNet #12 – The 2010 QDR and Asia: Messages for the Region

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates officially released the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) on Feb. 1, 2010. The QDR is legally required of every new administration and is intended to outline US defense strategy while also specifically addressing the resource and budgetary implications of that strategy. Historically, QDRs have done a good job in outlining US strategic objectives and providing a clear understanding of US short-term (1-4 years) strategic intentions, while falling short on budgetary detail.