The Senate Appropriations Committee last week included language in its defense bill markup urging the Air Force to start work toward an exportable version of the F-22, but Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz Sept. 15 at AFA’s Air & Space Conference said he doesn’t see the value in such an effort. “I personally don’t see that as the best use of our acquisition talent,” he said. The Air Force will certainly take the language seriously and talk with the Senate to fully understand “their intent,” but Schwartz noted that the language is a recommendation, not the law.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.