Today, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton announced the appointment of Major General Robert Scales (USA, Ret.) and Dr. Richard Kohn to the Department of Defense’s independent panel to assess the 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). “I am honored to appoint General Robert Scales and Dr. Richard Kohn to the independent panel on the Quadrennial Defense Review. The Quadrennial Defense Review plays an important role in Congress’ development of national security priorities. General Scales and Dr. Kohn have the analytical backgrounds and practical military experience to help Congress evaluate the results and recommendations of the QDR,” said Skelton.