The race to secure the Air Force’s new Cyber Command has a downside. At least, Scott Huddleston of the Express-News reports that some in San Antonio worry that not winning the new command could lead to a drain of current high tech jobs. San Antonio already has some units that would comprise a portion of the new command, and city leaders believe they might move elsewhere if the Air Force selects a location in either of three other known contenders—California, Louisiana, and Nebraska. Joe Krier, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce told the newspaper that the Air Force has “been pretty closed-mouth” over its plans. And, Robert Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs wants the service to disclose its requirements to “level the playing field.”
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.