Russian President Vladimir Putin is asking President Obama for more cooperation in 2016, reported the Associated Press. “The outgoing year has shown that relations between Russia and the United States are one of the key factors of international security,” Putin said in his message to Obama, according to the Kremlin. Putin also “expressed confidence that as [the US and Russia] build a constructive dialogue and cooperation taking into account each other’s interests, Russia and the US would efficiently resist all new threats and challenges and help resolve crises in different parts of the world,” the Kremlin release stated. Obama and other top US officials have repeatedly said they are willing to partner with Russia? if the country changes its focus in Syria from supporting the regime of Bashar al Assad to fighting ISIS.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.