One officer. Two years. Three different offices all preparing for the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review. It was like switching among gangs during a single street fight. As the new QDR approaches, some lessons can be learned from this field study.
In October 2001, a document appeared that generated surprisingly little fanfare. It was the secretary of Defense's Report of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). If you had asked anyone remotely familiar with the defense establishment prior to the start of the QDR, he would have told you this report would generate tremendous debate about the future direction of the Department of Defense (DoD).