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Report Guides Military Overhaul

Thursday, 24 May 2001 12:00 AM

Among those decisions:

Congress has mandated that Secretary Donald Rumsfeld submit his Quadrennial Defense Review 2001 no later than Sept. 30.

The report's editor, military affairs expert Michele Flournoy, told reporters the administration must be clear about objectives, the capabilities it wants and the kinds of resources needed to achieve the planned transformation.

Flournoy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy who is a senior adviser at Center for Strategic and International Studies, explained the findings Thursday at a press briefing in the U.S. Capitol building.

She said Rumsfeld's defense review was happening without the much-needed guidance of national security objectives.

"We think the administration needs to make three reviews: a national strategy review, a defense review and strategic posture review," she said. "The glaring gap is the absence of any serious national security strategy review."

The purpose of the 15-month study was to outline major strategy decisions that would help Rumsfeld's QDR address $30 billion to $50 billion annual shortfall between Pentagon strategies and resources, Flournoy explained. It was sponsored by the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and conducted by the QDR 2001 working group.

Flournoy said the Bush administration has three fundamental options for addressing the budget shortfall:

The review also calls on the administration to "articulate [its new defense strategy] in a way that makes it understandable and acceptable to the American people; [derive] force sizing criteria and make acquisition and force management choices that implement the inherent priorities of the strategy; and to be explicit as to the risks - military, political, or economic - that it is willing to accept in implementing the strategy."

Among other points, the report outlines 10 potential security threats to U.S. forces including information warfare, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

It states that defense spending will rise faster than the defense budget, a shortfall that calls for putting a premium on setting clear, strategic priorities "and carefully examining the trade space to determine what we truly need and what we can do without."

The report notes a growing consensus among military planners for reconsidering what's called the two-MTW standard - the ability to fight two major theater wars simultaneously - that has served for eight years as the military's yardstick for sizing its conventional forces.

Other major questions that must be addressed, according to the study, include:

There is "a growing consensus that the new administration must articulate in the QDR a fundamentally new rationale for the size, capabilities and resource requirements of the U.S. military, one that changes the factor of the equation [to something other than MTWs] and that reflects the broader image of missions that U.S. forces must be prepared to perform to protect and advance American interests," the report states.

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