Now, the “Horizontal” Air Force:

The QDR emphasizes horizontal integration of capabilities and knowledge, and the elimination of unnecessary duplication of effort, both within USAF and among the services, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said Thursday at AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium. He said that it focuses on transformation toward smaller, more flexible forces that will need less support. New systems will break less and can be used more, providing as much capability as many more of the same type older system. “Reachback” will be emphasized, to reduce the forward footprint of forces. Fewer aircraft will also mean fewer overseas bases. “Just in time” delivery of needed parts and supplies will translate to reduced need for logistics personnel and hardware. More reliable aircraft and better depot procedures will mean fewer hangar queens and functionally more aircraft availability.