The Council on Foreign Relations believes that current security reviews for foreign investment are adequate, even in the wake of the Dubai World Ports controversy when that company lost its possible acquisition of several US port operations. In a July report, CFR found that the committee responsible for security reviews of foreign investment—the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)—is an “effective tool for vetting the national security concerns associated with foreign investment.” In the report, CFR says that the Dubai controversy was caused by a lack of openness between the Administration and Congress—not by a bad review. CFR recommends that CFIUS give regular reports to Congress and spend more time briefing members on the Hill to prove that the process is “already rigorous.” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), for one, is looking to strengthen the process.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.