Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), who last week took the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) on a tour of Malmstrom AFB, Mont., told reporters that representatives from DOD and Homeland Security would be conducting a final site survey of the base this week in anticipation of opening a new national strategic command and control center there. It is not yet a done deal, but Burns called this final visit “an important step” toward getting the center at Malmstrom. “During my tenure in the Senate, I’ve worked to expand and improve the capabilities of this important installation, … and I will work to ensure this happens for Montana.” Burns is up for re-election.
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.