The Air Force continues airlift operations to support the Pakistan earthquake relief effort, with several flights over the weekend. On Sunday, an Air Force C-130, a contracted AN-124, and one B-747 flew in more than 307,000 pounds of supplies. On Saturday, a USAF C-17 and one contracted AN-124 flew in more than 178,000 pounds. On Friday, one contracted B-747 flew in over 138,000 pounds. The cargo includes everything from clothing, water, medical supplies, to construction materials and aircraft parts. As of Nov. 7, the Air Force has airlifted more than 6.5 million pounds of relief supplies to Pakistan.
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.