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Commentary: Rethinking the QDR

March 20, 2014, Defense News

Roger Zakheim, of counsel at Covington, co-authored this article on the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which was rejected by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon for failing to meet statutory requirements. Zakheim writes, "For years, many in Congress have lamented the gap between what the defense strategy is supposed to do and what is produced. McKeon’s missive highlighted some of the most common complaints about the QDR, including that the document was crafted to align with the administration’s budget and failed to look out 20 years. Instead of establishing a road map for defense programs for the next two decades, this and previous versions have been overly budget-driven, purposefully shortsighted and politically motivated."

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