2006 Game Plan - 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review

Wednesday June 28, 2006

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) provides the Secretary of Defense's strategic direction to the Department of Defense to guide and shape our actions over the next 20 years. The 2006 QDR Report generally reaffirms the azimuth and pace of our transformation and assists us in refining The Army Plan by articulating the capabilities, capacities, and policies we need to prepare for future challenges.

On 9/11, the Army lacked the breadth and depth of capabilities required for the long war. Our capabilities were characterized by:
- A decade of deferred modernization investments;
- An Army organized principally for large-scale conventional conflict; and,
- Reserve Component forces not postured for immediate use.

As a result of the 2006 QDR and associated analysis, we are shifting our center of gravity by providing a broader portfolio of capabilities to address all challenges (traditional, irregular, catastrophic, and disruptive) to:
- Increase options available to the President and Combatant Commanders; and,
- Mitigate risk associated with the Defense Strategy.

To create this broader portfolio, the Army will:
- Leverage the power of joint interdependence to create opportunities to change;
- Rebalance combat and support forces for both homeland defense and major combat operations overseas;
- Increase capability and capacity by creating modular, multipurpose, brigade-based combat and support forces (70 Brigade Combat Teams and over 200 Support Brigades);
- Increase the capacity of Army special operations forces by adding a battalion to each active Special Forces Group, adding a fourth Special Operations Aviation Squadron, increasing Ranger capabilities, and expanding Psychological Operation (PSYOP) and Civil Affairs (CA)
capabilities by one-third;

See the 2006 Game Plan for more information.


Army Safety-"Owning the Edge"

To help modern leaders and Soldiers make informed choices, the United States Army Combat Readiness Center developed a campaign called Own the Edge. This campaign, which is available at https://crc.army.mil/readiness, acknowledges the risks associated with our operations, helps individuals define which risks are acceptable and unacceptable, and promotes modifying our operations as necessary to manage those risks and "own the edge."


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