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The Air Force Must Embrace The Suck Ahead Of The Next Big War, Goldfein Says
The Air Force needs to train to deploy to austere forward bases instead of established installations with mature infrastructure, the service’s chief of staff said on Tuesday.
“Make no mistake: From Bagram to Al Udeid, to Kunsan and Osan, we know how to defend an establish base, receive follow-on forces, and take the fight to the enemy,” Gen. David Goldfein said at the Air Force Association's annual conference in National Harbor, Maryland. “That muscle is regularly exercised and is in excellent condition.
“However, the next fight – the one we must prepare for as laid out in the National Defense Strategy – may not have fixed bases, infrastructure, and established command and control, with leaders already forward, ready to receive follow-on forces,” Goldfein said. “It’s time to return to our expeditionary roots.”
The National Defense Strategy calls for the military preparing to fight near-peer conventional adversaries, such as Russia and China, which tout cruise missiles and other long-range weapons that can destroy fixed air bases from afar. Future enemies will also likely be able to jam U.S. communications and navigation satellites and put U.S. troops under both cyber and electromagnetic attack.
To meet these challenges, the Air Force plans to add 74 new squadrons by 2030 – a 24% increase in the number of operational squadrons. The 386 squadrons would form “the boxer’s fist,” Goldfein said on Tuesday.
“But in addition to preparing portions of their squadrons to deploy forward into a mature base, our operational squadron commanders must be prepared to take their entire organization and the supporting elements – the body behind the fist – forward to establish and lead expeditionary operations at a new base,” Goldfein said. “And they must be trained and ready to reach back to supporting organizations – the body – who enable their operations. And we have to be prepared to execute on combatant commander timelines as the service expected to arrive in days versus weeks or months.”
The Air Force’s major command’s leaders will work to update and adopt the service’s plans for supporting expeditionary operations, which was originally established in the late 1990s – before the Global War on Terror, he said.
“Over time, we’ve migrated away from the original design of the expeditionary Air Force from a force organized to deploy forward, establish new bases, defend those bases, receive follow-on forces, establish C2 [command and control], fight the base, and operate while under attack — to a force that often cannibalizes itself to send forward sometimes individual airmen from every wing of the Air Force to join a mature campaign with established leadership, basing, and C2 infrastructure.”
Squadrons must be organized on an expeditionary wing structure so that they can rapidly join joint task forces and instantly conduct combat operations in air, space, and cyberspace, Goldfein said. That also means that security forces airmen must be “the best in the world” at defending Air Force bases.
“We must always take integrated and layered base defense to a new level by increasing investment in our defenders with new equipment, new training, new tactics, techniques, and procedures, and renewed focus at every echelon of command,” he added. “This is the year of the defender because we don’t project power without the network of bases and infrastructure needed to execute multi-domain operations.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs released an alarming report Friday showing that at least 60,000 veterans died by suicide between 2008 and 2017, with little sign that the crisis is abating despite suicide prevention being the VA's top priority.
Although the total population of veterans declined by 18% during that span of years, more than 6,000 veterans died by suicide annually, according to the VA's 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he discussed Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden and his son in a call with Ukraine's president.
Trump's statement to reporters about his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came as the Democratic leader of a key congressional panel said the pursuit of Trump's impeachment may be the "only remedy" to the situation.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
These CIA officers were the first US boots on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11 — and one was 'Marine Todd'
Before the 5th Special Forces Group's Operational Detachment Alpha 595, before 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's MH-47E Chinooks, and before the Air Force combat controllers, there were a handful of CIA officers and a buttload of cash.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.