According to a news release put out by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Pentagon had changed its mind about allowing five Able Danger personnel to testify publicly in the committee’s probe of the data-mining operation. Specter’s statement said they would testify at a committee hearing Oct. 5. That’s news to Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman. Whitman told the Associated Press that DOD’s concerns “have not changed,” but discussions were continuing on the matter. The Senator’s office begs to differ. A spokesman said the two parties had reached an agreement. And, the hearing will be public.
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.