Bottom Line: Eliminated: 1 ICBM Squadron, Strat MCCC. Replaced: E-4B. Modified: E-6B.
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
•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.