Today is the day the administration has released the Quadrennial Defense Review. The QDR is produced ever four years (duh!) and serves as a sort of road map for the strategy of the United States defense planning. It looks at the international situation, possible peers and adversaries, and recommends a force structure and set of capabilities for dealing with it.
The QDR isn’t legislation. It is not set in stone and doesn’t have the power of law. But it does give a good idea of what force structure of the services will look like in the short term.
4 Corps HQ
18 division HQ
73 BCT (Brigade Combat Teams)
45 active 28 reserve
40 infantry BCT
8 Stryker BCT
25 heavy BCT (Bradley and Tanks)
21 combat aviation brigades (13 active 8 reserve)
15 Patriot battalions, 7 THAAD batteries (Theater High Altitude Air Defense, that is, anti-missile)
Nothing really surprising here. The only thing that really caught my eye was the ratio of infantry BCTs to heavy BCTs. I thought the force would be a little heavier. I’d like to see the breakdown as to how many of the infantry BCTs are in the reserve components. But other than that, there’s no big changes. Much of the policy part of the QDR focuses on the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and only a little looks to future challenges for the Department of the Army.