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GO NAVY BEAT ARMY

'87 Sir

Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR)

The new Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) has been out and provided a few interesting surprises, from my point of view.

There have been some other analysis, of course.

This one from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and
This one from the Center for a New American Security

From my point of view, the most interesting points are that the U.S. is beginning to acknowledge the need to ensure "access" to areas of the world such as China and Iran where our potential enemies are trying to develop capabilities to keep our Navy and Air Force at bay...and
the need to keep about 18 Divisions worth of troops organized into more quickly deployable Brigade Combat Teams.
I also found it interesting that most of these were Infantry or Stryker BCT rather than tank heavy BCTs.  I guess we assume that most of our near-term threats will not be heavily mechanized.
Let's hope so...

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