Andy Hoehn

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Andrew "Andy" Hoehn is Vice President and Director of Project AIR FORCE at the RAND Corporation. He was the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, in the Bush Administration.[1] Hoehn is the architect of realignment of US force deployment around globe to implement the Bush doctrine of preemptive measures (i.e. preemptive war).

Hoehn "is responsible for the development and implementation of U.S. defense strategy, military force planning and assessments, and long-range policy planning. Mr. Hoehn also leads a series of ongoing regional and functional assessments to determine U.S. force needs and capabilities in support of U.S. defense strategy. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Hoehn was the Principal Director for Strategy and the Director for Requirements. During his tenure, he led the development of the annual Defense Planning Guidance.

"Mr. Hoehn has held staff positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense since 1989. He has participated in all major reviews of defense policy and strategy since the end of the Cold War.

"Prior to joining government, Mr. Hoehn was associate editor of the Marine Corps Gazette. Mr. Hoehn has authored various publications on defense and security matters and has contributed to books on European and Latin American security issues.

"He was a primary author of the report on the Quadrennial Defense Review and remains a contributing author of the Defense Planning Guidance and the Secretary of Defense's Annual Report to the President and the Congress. Mr. Hoehn earned a B.S. in political science from Baldwin-Wallace College and a M.A. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh."[2]

Justin Brown, "How Many Weapons is Too Many?", Christian Science Monitor, November 4, 1999:

"According to Andrew Hoehn, the deputy secretary of defense for strategy, the rationale for today's spending lies in the Pentagon's twofold task of handling today's regional conflicts, like Kosovo, while preparing for tomorrow's possible enemies, who range from tiny rogue states to a colossal power like China.

"Because of that, he says, the US needs to continue developing superweapons like the F-22 fighter jet, which is designed to trump the Su-27 and could be a deterrent to any country thinking about challenging the US in the sky. Simultaneously, the Pentagon must work on the more abstract challenges that lie beyond the cold war, Mr. Hoehn says, like preparing for chemical warfare and improving the recruiting and retention of soldiers.

"'Yes, we need to transform the military,' Hoehn adds. 'But we also need forces to meet the challenges that are here and now.'

"Many analysts, however, do not see a serious threat now. They see a bloated Pentagon still fighting Soviet phantoms - and politicians who can't stop the spending for fear of being labeled "weak" on national security."

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  1. Advisory Board, Center for a New American Security, accessed January 14, 2011.