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Defense

Readings

Annual Report to Congress: The Military Power of the People’s Republic of China by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, July 2005
An assessment not of whether China is a strategic partner or competitor or threat, but solely of China’s military capabilities and Chinese defense planning and policy.

Department of Defense Base Closure and Realignment Report, Volume I, Part Two: Detailed Recommendations by US Department of Defense, May 2005
A listing of every base and what DoD would like to do with each. This report is the “meat” of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) commission’s work.

The Quadrennial Defense Review: Are Secretary Rumsfeld’s Priorities Valid? by Loren Thompson, Heritage Foundation, April 2005
A provocative paper questioning basic assumptions about defense policy. Does the US actually possess superior capability to opponents in conventional war fighting power and on the information technology battlefield?

"Beyond Goldwater-Nichols: Defense Reform for a New Strategic Era, Phase I Report" by Clark Murdock et al. CSIS, March 2004.
The report encourages the establishment of a more agile contigency response within our government, promoting action rather than "incentivizing inaction." The first half of the report discusses interagency cooperation and policymaking, while the second half deals exclusively with reforms for the Department of Defense.

"Blind into Baghdad" by James Fallows. The Atlantic Monthly, January 2004.

Quadrennial Defense Review 2001 by US Department of Defense et al. 30 September 2001
The Quadrennial Defense Review is an important and comprehensive presentation that DoD gives to Congress explaining short- and long-term strategies and policies for the coming years. It seeks both to set the future course for US defense policy and also to assess progress towards current goals.

 

Links

Annual Defense Report to Congress
http://www.defenselink.mil/execsec/adr_intro.html

 

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