US and South Korean forces took part in a joint
operation to demonstrate anti-submarine and ballistic missile
capabilities off the coast of the Korean Peninsula Monday.
While there isn't a looming threat of a nuclear
exchange between global powers, the threat of nuclear attacks is still
high and in different ways that the US must be prepared for, Defense
Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.
Of all the Air Force's efforts to revitalize the morale of its nuclear community, the move away from intense inspections to more personal accountability has made the biggest impact, airmen in the service's missile fields said.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter's miniature tour of the
Air Force's nuclear infrastructure kicked off at Minot AFB, N.D., a base
that is home to two legs of the nuclear triad and has seen modest
improvements under the service's push to revamp its nuclear community.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told B-52 and Minuteman III crews at Minot AFB, N.D., that even though their mission isn't highly visible to the public, the Pentagon will place increased emphasis on its health in the face of increasing aggression from nuclear powers abroad.
Though the Air Force hopes to award a JSTARS contract in 2017,
further delay in obtaining consistent and executable language from
Congress may delay the award three months to a year, which could push
the award to 2018, a service spokesman said.
The four E-8 JSTARS aircraft that were grounded for inspections at Robins AFB, Ga., returned to operational status Sept. 23.
Two USAF C-130s and airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing
at Yokota AB, Japan, deployed to the Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base in the
Philippines Sept. 25 as part of the third rotational air contingent to
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