2006 QDR Shapes the Future of US Strategic Nuclear Forces
Bottom Line: Eliminated: 1 ICBM Squadron, Strat MCCC. Replaced: E-4B. Modified: E-6B.

Posted Friday, February 3, 2006

2006 QDR Shapes the Future of US Strategic Nuclear Forces
Which squadron will be deactivated? The first thought to many is the odd squad, the 564th Missile Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, MT, but defense department officials have yet to say.

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QDR Decisions (from page 50). To achieve the characteristics of the future joint force and build on progress to date, the Department will:

•Within two years, deploy an initial capability
to deliver precision-guided conventional war-
heads using long-range Trident Submarine-
Launched Ballistic Missiles.

•Reduce the number of deployed Minuteman
III ballistic missiles from 500 to 450 begin-
ning in Fiscal Year 2007.

•Retire four E-4B National Airborne Opera-
tions Center (NAOC) aircraft and accelerate
procurement of two C-32 aircraft with
state-of-the-art mission suites as replacement

•Upgrade E-6B TACAMO command and
control aircraft to sustain a survivable airborne
link to strategic nuclear forces and provide an
airborne cellular base station for domestic
catastrophic events.

•Retire the U.S. STRATCOM Mobile Consol-
idated Command Center in Fiscal Year 2007,
while funding a new distributed ground-based
communications system to provide surviv-
able and enduring command and control for
nuclear forces starting in Fiscal Year 2007.


•Make additional investments in information
assurance capabilities to protect information
and the Department’s computer networks.


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