The Congressional newspaper The Hill reports that Congressional authorizers want to put their stamp on funding for the global war on terror, most of which has been in the form of emergency supplementals. So far, appropriators have been the only deciding voice. And, newly in-control Democrats may push hard to get the Administration to put war funding in the regular budget submission. Even some key Republicans have said enough is enough over running a war with continuous emergency measures.
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.