The Air Force’s launch schedule is filling up fast as new capabilities come online. In an effort to maintain efficiencies and prevent unnecessary delays, Air Force Space Command is reworking the way it schedules launches, said Gen. Robert Kehler, the command’s boss, in his Friday address at AFA’s Global Warfare Symposium in Los Angeles. Instead of scheduling just one launch, command officials are looking to “keep multiple contenders” in line to ensure that they don’t lose a coveted launch spot if a program experiences delays, he said. “The days of playing schedule roulette are over,” asserted Kehler.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.