Either Way, We’re Leaving Afghanistan

The United States has met “many of the objectives” for which it went to war in Afghanistan, so there’s nothing holding up the planned withdrawal of US combat troops by the end of 2014, said President Obama in the final...

A Comprehensive Middle East Strategy

During Monday’s presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney called for “a comprehensive and robust strategy” to help the Islamic world reject “radical violent extremism” and embrace peace and stability. He said the Obama Administration has not shown strong-enough leadership in...

Who’s the Threat?

European militaries need to adjust to new realities, said Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, US Army Europe’s commanding general. “Yes, there are some of my partners in Europe who are concerned with Russia,” notably Estonia and Georgia, Hertling told reporters...

Look No Further

Anyone looking to cut US military facilities in Europe as a billpayer to keep bases open back home in the United States should be aware that “we’ve been doing the equivalent of a BRAC for 10 years,” said Army Lt....

No Time to Lose on Sequester

President Obama’s comment during Monday night’s presidential debate that budget sequestration “will not happen” is “encouraging,” but negotiations must start at once in order to avoid it, said Aerospace Industries Association President Marion Blakey. In an Oct. 23 teleconference with...

Langley Raptors Back Home from Kadena

The contingent of airmen and F-22s that deployed to Kadena AB, Japan, from JB Langley-Eustis, Va., in late July returned home after completing a roughly 10-week stint in the Pacific, announced Langley officials. These airmen and machines were part of...

Keesler’s New Home Port

Air Force Reserve Command’s 41st Aerial Port Squadron at Keesler AFB, Miss., dedicated a new $8.5 million cargo-handling and operations building on the base. “The increased efficiencies associated with training and working in a purpose-built facility will not only benefit...

Niagara Implements Trainee Program

The 914th Airlift Wing at Niagara Falls ARS, N.Y., recently became the latest Air Force Reserve Command unit to stand up a development and training flight to prepare new accessions for basic military training. “As soon as a member enlists...

Northrop Grumman Touts Laser Advances

Northrop Grumman has matured the technology for its All Semiconductor Airborne Laser Threat Terminator system that is designed to protect aircraft from infrared-based anti-aircraft threats, announced the company on Oct. 23. ASALTT is an advanced technology quantum cascade laser that...