The declaration by Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania that his plan to preserve Willow Grove as a military airfield does not include commercial or civilian aviation only goes as far as the next election. So says Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) who is looking for a legislative means to make that plan gold even after Rendell leaves office, reports the Bucks County Courier Times. Rendell, who fought a rear guard action by some Pennsylvania residents who feel there is no fail-safe against civilian and commercial air, was able to secure legislative approval for his plan, trumping a procedural objection from the Navy.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.