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February 7, 2006—In the post-Cold War era, the Pentagon has conducted four quadrennial defense reviews—comprehensive studies of US military forces, policies, management, and strategy. The first (which was called the "Bottom-Up Review") was conducted in 1993. Then came QDR 1997, QDR 2001, and QDR 2005.
The first three put forward detailed force structure plans—fighter wings, strategic forces, bombers, land divisions and brigades, warships, submarines, and so forth. The latest one, for some reason, does not contain such a chart. DOD provided only a few details about the organizational size of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
The 92-page document contains the following references:
USAF Combat Wings, p. 59: "Organize the Air Force around 86 combat wings (e.g., fighter, bomber, ISR-Battle Management-Command and Control, mobility, Air Operations Centers, Battlefield Airmen, other missions, and Space/Missile)."
USAF Bomber Forces, p. 58: "Reduce the B-52 force to 56 aircraft and use savings to fully modernize B-52s, B-1s, and B-2s to support global strike operations."
USAF Mobility Forces, p. 54: "Acquire and modernize a fleet of 292 inter-theater airlifters (180 C-17s and 112 modernized and reliability-enhanced C-5s)."
USAF Strategic ICBM Forces, p. 62: "Reduce the number of deployed Minuteman III ballistic missiles from 500 to 450 beginning in Fiscal Year 2007."
Army Modular Brigades, p. 55: "Modular brigades in all three Army components: 117 in the Regular Army (42 brigade combat teams and 75 support brigades); 106 in the Army National Guard (28 BCTs and 78 support brigades); and 58 support brigades in the US Army Reserve."
Navy Aircraft Carriers, p. 60: "Build a larger fleet that includes 11 Carrier Strike Groups."
Marine Corps End Strength, p. 43: "Stabilize the Marine Corps' end strength at 175,000 Active and 39,000 Reserve Component personnel by Fiscal Year 2011."