Sunday, June 21, 2009

Updated: QDR 2010 Coming into Focus with No Focus on Energy

Feb 2010 Update: QDR just released to public. Wrote it up here.


Jan 2010 Update: I'm told there will be a significant discussion of energy issues in the QDR when we get to see it. That'll be in a month or two, I believe. Stay tuned ...


We're in the early stages of the development of the first Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) since the advent of $150/barrel oil one year ago. The way this DOD QDR Fact Sheet lays it out, however, mentioning only "scarcity of resources" and "climate change," energy may or may not get any extra attention this cycle. Same holds true from this 2010 QDR thematic preview from DOD Buzz.

It's hard to believe that with energy half of what it was 12 months ago, and twice what it was 6 months ago, the massive price volatility hasn't snapped more seniors awake. Not one mention of fuel ... nor any of energy management or energy security.

Well, not to get all doom and gloom on you - I'll admit I know there are at least a couple of folks working this QDR from an energy angle, but it remains to be seen how loud their voices will be.

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