Air Forces Southern at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., is in the middle of Blue Flag 07-2, an exercise primarily designed to train those who staff air operations centers. Capt. Nathan Broshear reports that more than 900 US and coalition military personnel have deployed to Arizona for the exercise, which runs through June 28, and others are engaged from locations such as Hurlburt Field, Fla. In Florida, “massive modeling and simulation systems” feed the James H. Doolittle AOC at Davis-Monthan, delivering action from air strikes to downed aircraft and insurgent activity.
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.