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potential to cause devastating effects to the US and her interests. There appears to be no

choice but for DoD to keep pace with this increased WMD threat. In addition, it must do

so regardless if the WMD threat is posed to our allies and forces abroad or to our homes

and communities here in the United States.

There appears to be a consensus among the national security leadership and

forward-looking strategists that indicates they more clearly recognize the reality (or even

the inevitability) of the WMD threat. They also appear to demonstrate a growing

willingness to act against it. In the past, DoD has shown that it can meet new challenges

as they emerge. Today’s, and tomorrow’s, challenge is to develop a strategy and

structure against the WMD threat in defense of the nation. The QDR has proven to be the

logical place for the debate on strategy and structure to bloom. In the words of one panel

of experts, “The next QDR must match resources with mission requirements. In the

resource allocation process, many Cold War defense systems that are no longer needed

must be discarded. For instance, the need to invest and acquire counterproliferation

capabilities for missions ranging from missile defense to consequence management are

now greater than ever given that WMD use is among the most likely threats to the United

States and its forces abroad.”28 President George W. Bush says it even more succinctly

as he addressed the need for a new defense strategy that is not reliant on funding driven

by Cold War requirement. As he put it, “In our broader effort, we must put strategy first,

then spending,” he said. “Our defense vision will drive our defense budget, not the other

way around.”29



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