The Defense Department's Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) issued in May 1997 said that "it is imperative that the United States now and for the foreseeable future be able to deter and defeat large-scale cross-border aggression in two distant theaters in overlapping time frames, preferably in concert with regional allies." This essentially reaffirmed the requirement of 1993's Bottom-Up Review (BUR) to wage two simultaneous "major regional contingencies." Both reviews visualize Korea and the Middle East as the two locales.
The QDR took note of Joint Vision 2010, launched last year with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General John M. Shalikashvili's glossy, 34-page pamphlet in full color, and recently supplemented by an equally glossy and colorful 88-page Concept for Joint Future Operations. In stirring phrases they tell how future joint forces will exploit Information Superiority and Technological Innovations to apply Dominant Maneuver, Precision Engagement, Full Dimension Protection, and Focused Logistics to achieve Full Spectrum Dominance as they prepare to Fight and Win our nation's wars.