Put Defense First, Hunter Says: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has said it before, and he’s saying it again: The Pentagon must build a defense to meet the actual threats, and not shape the nation’s force to fit within a pre-determined budget number. The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said last week that he will make that goal the focus of the panel’s so-called Committee Defense Review, which Hunter unveiled on Sept. 14. (DR, 09/15/05) The CDR’s Threat Panel held the first of several hearings last week. At one session, Hunter said that the “price tag” would come after determining “what it takes to defend America.” The threat panel’s hearings (DR, 09/23/05) will continue all this week.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.