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Accession Number ADA584288
Title Assessing DOD's New Strategic Guidance. In Brief.
Publication Date Jan 2012
Media Count 10p
Personal Author C. Dale P. Towell
Abstract On January 5, 2012, President Obama announced new defense strategic guidance entitled Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. This new guidance is significant because it is explicitly intended to reshape future Department of Defense (DoD) priorities, activities, and budget requests for the next decade. While the guidance is intended to steer DoD decision-making as it reduces defense spending by about 487 billion over the next 10 years to meet the initial budget caps set in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, it does not account for the possibility of sequestration -- further significant, across-the-board cuts that could be required pursuant to implementation of the BCA. Defense officials have stated that, were they directed to find an additional 500 billion in cuts, this guidance would not apply, and DoD would have to shed missions and commitments and capabilities that we believe are necessary to protect core U.S. national security interests. This CRS report highlights and analyzes key strategic-level issues raised by the new guidance. The report will not be updated.
Keywords Agile force
Anti-access area denial environments
Area denial
Asia-pacific region
Cyberspace capabilities
Defense strategic guidance
Defense support of civil authorities
Department of defense
Force planning construct
Full-spectrum force
Homeland defense
Humanitarian assistance
Interagency coordination
International partnerships
Middle east
Military budgets
Military capabilities
Military forces(United states)
Nuclear deterrence
Rapid mobilization
Unmanned systems

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 74 - Military Sciences
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Congressional rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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