The exchange program is flourishing, at least for Arizona Air National Guard pilot Lt. Col. David Stine. He has been in the Netherlands for three years teaching Dutch airmen how to fly the F-16 in an operational environment. The learning process is not all one way. Stine says the Dutch have developed “some interesting” procedures in their F-16s that he thinks might work well in USAF.
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.