Some Pentagon pencil pushers contend that the Air Force has a “weak” commitment to space programs, so they want, according to Defense News, to move responsibility for the highly successful Global Positioning System from the Air Force to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration. It sounds like someone is in search of a mission. At any rate, per Defense News, Air Force officials are aware of a draft memo outlining such a shift and, as far as we can tell, don’t seem too impressed.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.