I would be very surprised to see Congress taking a big whack at this.

Funding for the major recommendations will go to Congress in the Defense budget on Monday and Congress will have its say on them.

The QDR is a plan or blueprint of what the Bush administration wants to do the next several years with military forces, but it's not a done deal.

The war is turning out to cost a lot more than anticipated, and not simply because there are far more troops deployed for far longer than the Bush administration assumed.

You can't do counterinsurgency warfare without a large army. The operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are largely army affairs.

In addition, the intercontinental ballistic missile force is aging and it's not clear that the nuclear mission is a big priority anymore for the Defense Department or Air Force. They want to acquire new fighters and deep-strike forces that can be used in conventional, not nuclear conflicts.