Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe, on Monday outlined the three-point “readiness action plan” agreed to by alliance members at the Wales summit last week in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. The first step is to assure nations who “felt the most threatened” by Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, he said in his address at AFA’s Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. A large part of that will include the creation of a “high-speed response section” of the NATO Response Force, he said. The high-speed force will include air, land, and sea forces that “will be available in a matter of days, at the most five days,” he said. The second step, said Breedlove, will involve NATO developing a “corps-sized element” that will deal with the “Article V collective defense mission 365 days a year, seven days a week.” It will be “responsible for thinking, planning, and preparing for Article V defense actions on a day-to-day basis,” he said. For the third step, NATO members decided “there needs to be a forward element of NATO forces in nations that are the most threatened,” said Breedlove. During peacetime, these forward forces would exercise with the host nation’s forces, and prepare for and determine the proper mix of prepositioned supplies and munitions needed for a potential fight in the area, he said. “In a time of conflict, or in a time of increased tensions, these would be the units that the rapidly responding NRF elements would fall in on to quickly constitute and build that forward capability in an area if required,” said Breedlove.
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.