Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently approved a substantial increase in the Army and Marine Corps. The Corps was authorized to expand from 175,000 to 202,000 Marines. Likewise, the Army was authorized to grow to 547,000 Soldiers. This overrides the illogic of the last Quadrennial Defense Review , which cut both services despite the evident strain that multiple tours in two ongoing campaigns created. It also, in effect, reverses the Pentagon's transformation agenda. Illusions about short, bloodless wars were dismissed.