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As an “after-action report,” this documented briefing summarizes analysis performed for the Joint Staff in preparation for and in support of the second Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), during the period of spring 1999 through summer 2001. The report summarizes previous reviews and, in particular, the service perspectives on QDR 1997 results. The authors conclude that QDR 2001, like QDR 1997, was useful in providing information on requirements for military capabilities, but was ineffective in presenting solutions to identified shortfalls in capabilities and resources. The report recommends that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff use existing processes to routinely address cross-cutting issues from a military perspective and that QDR Integration structure should be retained.

The research described in this briefing was sponsored by the Joint Staff. The research was conducted in RAND's National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center supported by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the unified commands, and the defense agencies.

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