The London Sunday Times contains an article about a new book by a former British officer, condemning its military bureaucracy as bloated & unable to provide properly for the front-line forces. The comments are even worse about the defense industry, with claims that weapons are poorly designed & forced to be produced locally to save British jobs. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1965526,00.html “The army (has) two combat divisions ...There are 180 brigadiers and 60 generals. And ... the military hierarchy is even more distorted in the Royal Navy, where there are 41 admirals with only 40 major warships or submarines to look after. The RAF has 40 air marshals for 36 squadrons. ... The distortions do not end with the top brass, as Page explains. There are 10 different officer ranks in each service, far more than are needed to command actual units. So the rest are given desk jobs." Does anyone know the comparable US figures? I recall reading (& citing?) that there are 800-900 'flag' rank officers in all US military branches.