February 1, 2010
Today the Department of Defense released the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), a review of strategy that takes place every four years and sets the direction for the future of American military strategy and programs. The QDR assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DOD's strategies, capabilities, and forces to ensure the U.S. military has the flexibility to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats.
The full text of the QDR can be found at http://www.defense.gov/defensereviews/ along with the Nuclear Posture Review, Ballistic Missile Defense Review, and Space Posture Review.
Of interest to the UAV Caucus are initiatives to expand manned and unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Page 45 of the QDR specifically names the Predator UAV, and mentions other uses for the technology.
Over the course of the next few weeks, senior members of the Department of Defense will testify before the Armed Services Committee about their proposed budget and the QDR. Please join the Members of the Congressional UAV Caucus at those hearings and continue the discussion. Check http://www.c-spanvideo.org/schedule for televised hearings.