September 04, 2014

Event: Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future

By Michele Flournoy

CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy participated in a discussion hosted by The U.S. Institute of Peace  of the report by the National Defense Panel, “Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future,” with ad LTG Michael Maples (Ret.). Defense One’s Executive Editor Mr. Kevin Baron moderated the discussion.

Following the QDR’s release, the congressionally-mandated National Defense Panel (NDP), co-chaired by Dr. Bill Perry and General John P. Abizaid, was tasked to evaluate the 2014 QDR. The expert panel, per its mandate, assessed the QDR’s findings related to force size, structure, and posture against a rapidly evolving security environment.

The U.S. Institute of Peace, which was tasked by Congress to facilitate the review of the QDR in both 2014 and 2010, is pleased to a detailed discussion of the panel’s report, “Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future.” The report presents the panel’s findings and recommendations on the QDR and on reforms to planning and policy for both the Department of Defense and Congress. It also comments on the current funding trends and the impact of a return to sequestration in 2016.