Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is tasking the Pentagon with reexamining the U.S. militaryâ€™s strategic assumptions in a more fiscally austere budget environment, the Pentagon announced on Monday.
â€śThis Strategic Choices and Management Review will define the major decisions that must be made in the decade ahead to preserve and adapt our defense strategy, our force and our institutions under a range of future budgetary scenarios,â€ť Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters. â€śThe results of this review will frame the secretaryâ€™s guidance for the fiscal 2015 budget and will ultimately be the foundation for the Quadrennial Defense Review due to Congress in February 2014.â€ť
The review will be lead by Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The results are due by May, 31.
â€śI donâ€™t yet know whether, or if, or how much our defense strategy will change, but I predict it willâ€ť Dempsey said Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
â€śWeâ€™ll need to re-look at our assumptions and weâ€™ll need to adjust our ambitions to match our abilities,â€ť Dempsey said. â€śThat means doing less, but not doing less-well.â€ť