Ochmanek: most QDRs are disappointments because they dumb down scenarios

re: Is the QDR ‘a PR stunt’ or a sincere effort to reconcile posture and budget with strategy?

from John T. Bennett, “Shaping the Future Gates Emphasizes Balance, Preparing for Most Likely Conflict Scenarios”, Defense News, 03 August 2009:

[David] Ochmanek admitted that “most QDRs are disappointments” because those working the studies “almost unconsciously” aim to avoid controversy. So they do things like “dumb down the scenarios” on which the congressionally mandated studies are based.

This version, he said, will be different because this defense secretary is different.

“He is a different kind of secretary,” Ochmanek said. “Gates embraces complexity.”

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