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MCKEON DELIVERS HISTORIC REJECTION

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Slams Obama Administration QDR
By Harold Hutchison

In an unprecedented move, Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon, House Armed Services Committee has rejected the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) issued by the Obama Administration. The action comes in the wake of Obama’s proposed defense cuts and the crisis in the Ukraine.

“Unfortunately, the product the process produced this time has more to do with politics than policy and is of little value to decision makers. For that reason, I will require the Department to re-write and re-submit a compliant report. In defiance of the law, this QDR provides no insight into what a moderate-to-low risk strategy would be, is clearly budget driven, and is shortsighted,” McKeon said in a statement released yesterday.

The Obama defense cuts have already been controversial, but McKeon went further, outlining potential failures of the QDR to meet statutory requirements. “In defiance of the law, this QDR provides no insight into what a moderate-to-low risk strategy would be, is clearly budget driven, and is shortsighted. It allows the President to duck the consequences of the deep defense cuts he has advocated and leaves us all wondering what the true future costs of those cuts will be,” McKeon said in the statement.

By law, the QDR is required to look out 20 years, and to provide a low-to-moderate risk strategy. During a briefing on the proposed defense budget on 24 February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel claimed that his defense cuts “will allow the military to protect our country and fulfill the president's defense strategy, but with some increased levels of risk.”

According to his statement, McKeon has vowed to introduce legislation to “require DoD to re-write and re-submit a compliant QDR for FY14, and could be considered on its own or incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act.”

For those who wish to express your thoughts on Obama’s defense cuts to your elected officials, call (202)224-3121. To thank Representative McKeon for standing against the defense cuts, call (202)225-1956.