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The Quadrennial Defence Review – Revolution Reloaded?


While debate over the form and soul of the RMA continues, transformation is no longer the Defense Secretary’s private war, but an institution with its own cadre of adherents.

This autumn, the Pentagon will outline a vision for force-building and systems acquisition in its latest Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). The conclusions of the 2005 review, inspired by the post-modern security dilemma and forged in the crucibles of Afghanistan and Iraq, will help define three potentially revolutionary ‘systems of systems’: the Navy’s Sea Base, the Air Force’s Global Strike capability and the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS). The underlining theory is

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