Andrew Exum posts the full document, ahead of the official Monday morning rollout. My favorite part so far: the announced end of the C-17 transport plane; the delay of the LCC command ship; and the cradle-strangling of the CG(X) cruiser, just because I reported all that yesterday afternoon.
No, for real. This is a deep document so I want to read the whole thing before commenting. But as I wrote yesterday, the 2010 QDR takes the extremely valuable step of learning from the war’s we’re fighting to glean what threats we actually have to prepare for defending against. It’s not grappling in the strategic darkness for a justification for national defense (the Clinton-era QDR & Bottom-Up Review). It’s not supplanting the world as it is for an already-archaic vision of the world as it should be (the Bush-era QDRs). And that’s a valuable thing.
More later. In fact, probably more all next week. But because I can’t resist, check this out from the intro to the 1997 QDR, the first ever written:
Today, the budget of the Department of Defense is $250 billion, 15 percent of our national budget, and an estimated 3.2 percent of our Gross National Product.
Next week, the budget the Pentagon will introduce to Congress will total $740 billion when the cost of the wars is factored in, representing — by my back-of-the-envelope calculation — 19.5 percent of the national budget.