The US has been battling ISIS terrorists through Operation Inherent Resolve for a year now, and Gen. Darren McDew, the former commander of Air Mobility Command who will soon take charge of US Transportation Command, said he does not anticipate this fight ending any time soon. ISIS represents a “generational threat,” McDew said in an interview with Air Force Magazine, adding that the nation might be involved in this particular fight “for a decade or more.” He said the mobility community has been able to work ISIS-related demands into its overall operational structure because of the global nature of AMC. “There’s not an operation” going on anywhere in the world that AMC does not touch, he noted, and the command has the capacity to handle today’s demands and the occasional surge of additional activity. He is concerned about cumulative effects, however. AMC had to cancel its premier Rodeo readiness competition earlier this year because the command’s expected ops tempo looked to be too high. McDew also said the ability for crews to keep up certain high-end skills, such as large formation training, is a concern. He described the decisions that need to be made as “a matter of balance.”
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.