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The increasing activity of US Air Force bombers is part of a concerted effort to show that those planes can fly whenever and wherever they want, the Air Force’s top officer said last week.

“That’s the capability of global air power … and the ability to operate from and be prepared to go any place, anywhere, any time,” Gen. Charles Brown, Air Force chief of staff, told reporters on Wednesday.

Brown’s comments came in response to a question about this month’s deployment of B-1B bombers to Norway, the first time US bombers have operated from that country.

“Will it happen again in Norway? Probably a good chance. When? It could happen at any time,” Brown said. “This is all about competition, and if I told you exactly when it was going to happen, I’m not going to be competing, because you guys would report it.”

US bombers have been conducting shorter deployments overseas and round-trip flights from the US as part of dynamic force employment, a concept in which US forces aim “to be strategically predictable but operationally unpredictable,” Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Middents told Insider in October.

Middents led six B-52 bombers on a five-week bomber task force, or BTF, mission to the UK in August. BTFs are meant to demonstrate that flexibility — during Middents’ five-week mission, the bombers flew all over the region.

Another BTF last spring took B-1Bs over Sweden for the first time. Five times since mid-November, US-based bombers have flown to the Middle East and back on BTFs that US officials say are meant to deter Iran.

Bombers are also more active in the Indo-Pacific region, where the Air Force in early 2020 announced the end of its continuous bomber presence, a 16-year …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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