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Dissuading China and Fighting the “Long War”


Dissuading China and Fighting the “Long War”

In January, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld submitted to Congress the Pentagon’s third Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR).1 Mandated by Congress in 1996, these reviews are supposed to show how the Department of Defense will provision and enact the nation’s military strategy. The 2006 iteration is the first to fully reflect the department’s post-9/11 innovations and the first to encapsulate the putative lessons of the Iraq war. Nonetheless, it came and went with little controversy or even notice.


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