House Armed Services panel to conduct threat-based quadrennial review

The House Armed Services Committee plans to conduct its own quadrennial defense review to compete with the one being run by the Pentagon, Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., said Thursday.

Hunter said the Pentagon's year-long review "largely is based on perceived budgetary constraints. What we need is to have a QDR based on threats."

Then it will be up to Congress to prioritize the allocation of available funds to meet those threats, he said. "What we need to do first is to meet the threats."

The QDR is a congressionally required study that is supposed to examine the threats and challenges the nation will face and consider the force structure, weapons and resources needed to meet those challenges. The Pentagon study is expected to continue most of this year.

Hunter said his committee's QDR could start this summer. He did not indicate how long it would last.

The House committee also is planning a series of hearings on the procurement process, as well as pushing the initiatives contained in its fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to rein in some of the soaring weapons procurement costs while expediting the delivery of needed protective systems and weapons to forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.