B-1B bombers flew two high-profile missions to Japan and South Korea
following North Korea’s recent test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The bomber missions are part of an accelerated air operations campaign in the Pacific,
where the number of higher headquarters-directed tanker and bomber sorties has
nearly tripled in the past two years. Brig. Gen. Stephen Williams, director of
air operations, told Air Force Magazine why he believes PACAF may have the
highest readiness levels in the Air Force. Read the full report by Wilson Brissett.
NATO needs to not only increase the defense spending among its members, but also needs to "transform itself into a far more agile organization," the head of the United Kingdom's military said Friday. Michael Fallon, the UK's Secretary of State for Defense, said during a visit to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., that he is working with US Defense Secretary James Mattis to help NATO speed up its decision making and cut back on bureaucracy in response to increasing global threats. There are "challenges that demand an international response," including North Korea's nuclear ambitions, international terrorism, Iran's malign influence, along with "misinformation and cyber attacks," Fallon said. NATO as a whole needs to work together to address these threats, and while members need to spend more, there has already been a notable increase in spending. Since the 2014 Wales summit, 24 of NATO's 29 nations have raised their spending commitments to a collective total of $46 billion dollars, Fallon said. — Brian Everstine
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