The Quadrennial Defense Charade
Once more the mountain has labored, and once more a mouse has been born, in this case the Quadrennial Defense Review released in mid-May. Readers undoubtedly were shocked to discover that the United States is to maintain current commitments with declining forces, but that modernization will solve all problems, with improvement expected in the "out years."
Part of the solution is further reduction in the fixed overhead represented by bases and other facilities (although an independent assessment suggested that the figures involved were, at best, fantasies). True to the spirit of jointness, no real effort was made to concentrate resources on any one service, despite the profound changes caused by the end of the Cold War. Jointness, long touted as a way to reduce duplication among the services, now means that the pain of declining budgets must be borne evenly.