—Qatar on Monday expanded on its plans to expand two air bases, including Al Udeid AB. The planned expansions will help accommodate aircraft such as USAF F-15s, according to the Qatari government : Reuters—Closer ties with the United States are “more important than ever,” given the continuing North Korean threat, according to Japan’s annual “Defense of Japan” white paper: Stars and Stripes.—A December 2014 Pentagon inspector general’s report obtained by Fifth Domain says Defense Department cyber leaders were trying to deal with insufficient staff and resources and unclear lines of authority: Fifth Domain.—A new Air Force innovation center, MGMWERX, has opened in Montgomery, Ala., to find technological advancements that could help the military: Montgomery Advertiser.—Two associates of an Austrian of Albanian descent, who once considered attacking Ramstein AB, Germany, have been convicted on charges related to a planned suicide attack in Germany: Stars and Stripes. —A KC-135 Stratotanker that suffered damage from Tropical Storm Maria at Andersen AFB, Guam, will not be returning to duty before October, officials say: Military.com.—SrA Joya Lindsey of Minot AFB, N.D., and A1C Michelle Torculas of Altus AFB, Okla., have been named by the Air Force as winners of the 2018 Arthur J. Myers Food Service Excellence Awards: Air Force release.
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