Military brass convenes to discuss QDR

Top U.S. military commanders are in Washington this week to meet with senior Pentagon officials about the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review.

The Senior Defense Leaders' Conference, which started yesterday and ends Jan. 11, is being hosted by Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The conference, which features program updates by regional combatant commanders, comes a month before senior leaders will present the finished QDR to Congress.

The QDR is a study conducted every four years that lays out a 20-year projection of Defense transformation. That projection looks at military manpower, programs, strategy and acquisitions.

In the 2001 QDR, Rumsfeld called for increased spending on technology and a bigger focus on space and cyberspace programs. The new QDR will draw on lessons learned from the war against terrorism, seeking to predict new technologies on the horizon that will be instrumental in aiding warfighters, Defense officials said.

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