Air Combat Command has done “everything we can” to support higher-ups as they decide upon the characteristics of the Air Force’s next long-range strike platform, ACC chief Gen. William Fraser said Tuesday. ACC’s role has been “working with the combatant commanders to understand what their requirements are,” Fraser told attendees during his Air Force Association-sponsored Air Force Breakfast Series presentation in Arlington, Va. He continued, “Then we have been engaged in a number of meetings and discussions at the Pentagon,” working with various offices to explain those regional commanders’ needs. Fraser declined to predict what will be decided, but said that he has not had an opportunity to make a pitch to Defense Secretary Robert Gates personally. Fraser said he “believes in the need” for a new long-range strike platform.
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced Dec. 2 that they have reached a deal to extend the continuing resolution funding the government into February. Now, the House and Senate will have to scramble to pass the legislation by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 to avoid a temporary shutdown.