The Defense Department’s $582.7 billion budget request
for Fiscal 2017, attempts to balance the threats of near-peer countries
with the continued battle against terrorism.
The Defense Department had to cut $17 billion from its top line budget—a requirement under the two-year bipartisan budget deal reached late last year—by chopping $11.2 billion from programs and by finding savings through inflation, lower fuel costs, and new efficiencies.
The 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, South Korea,
conducted a no-notice combat readiness exercise to test the base's
ability to defend the peninsula at a moment's notice last week.
A trio of Hawaii Air National Guard KC-135 tankers
recently deployed from JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to Al Udeid AB,
Qatar, to support coalition aircraft engaged in Operation Inherent
The Air Force’s F-35 fleet took the “biggest reduction”
among programs that were raided to find $17 billion in cuts during the
last weeks of the Fiscal 2017 budget build, Pentagon Comptroller Mike
McCord said at a press briefing today.
Four F-35A Lightning IIs deployed to Mountain Home
AFB, Idaho, on Monday to assess the strike fighter's ability to operate
away from home station, officials announced.
Russia has mobilized thousands of troops, hundreds of
aircraft, and dozens of warships in an exercise to test the country’s
A C-17 Globemaster III crew from the 517th Airlift
Squadron at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, work with soldiers from the
82nd Airborne Division to load an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter at
Pope Field, N.C., in preparation for Joint Operational Access Exercise
16-5, on Feb. 4, 2016.
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