Maj. Gen. Donald Alston has been selected for assignment to lead the new nuclear-centric office on the Air Staff, the A10. The Pentagon announced Alston’s selection Oct. 31. In his new role, he will be assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, leading efforts at the headquarters level to increase the Air Force’s institutional nuclear focus, policy oversight, and integration. The new office was to officially stand up on Nov. 1. Alston is no stranger to these issues, as he served as director of nuclear operations, plans, and requirements (A3/5N) in the Air Staff’s operations, plans, and requirements directorate since the creation of that position in February. Functions of his former office are transitioning to the A10. Alston received his second star in September. The new office is one of the many changes that the Air Force has made or is in the process of making to reinvigorate its nuclear enterprise. These initiatives are discussed in the service’s new nuclear roadmap issued Oct. 24.
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.