According to a survey by The Gallup Poll, the American public believes that Washington political leaders pay far too little attention to military veterans. They rank them at the bottom of a list of 14 groups or categories, including defense contractors. More than half of the respondents believe defense contractors get too much attention. The poll was taken March 26-29, shortly after the news surfaced of problems for outpatients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.