Meet Your Air Force, in Rough Form

The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review is set for release Monday. But a draft iteration circulating inside the Washington, D.C., beltway last week shed some light on what to expect, such as Air Force plans to field a force structure of 71 to72 combat wings between 2011 and 2015. This includes: 29 airlift and aerial refueling wing-equivalents (with 33 primary mission aircraft per unit); 11 to 12 theater strike wing-equivalents (with 72 PMA per unit); 10 space and cyberspace wings; eight intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance wings (with approximately 300 total aircraft); five long-range strike (bomb) wings (with up to 96 PMA); five air superiority wing-equivalents (with 72 PMA per unit); and three command and control wings (with a total of 30 aircraft and five air and space operations centers). By comparison, the 2006 QDR organized the Air Force around 86 combat wings. Stay tuned for more.