‘Not only are we resetting the airplane's mission-capability rates and the training done for the aircraft, we're also resetting how we employ the airplane to get more toward great power competition to align with the National Defense Strategy,’ stressed Maj. Gen. Dawkins, who supports the warfighting air component to U.S. Strategic Command, as well as operations within Air Force Global Strike Command.
According to the 2018 NDS, ‘China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea.’
Former Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson stated that China has become ‘a pacing threat for the U.S. Air Force because of the pace of their modernization’ in the region.
※mission capability rate:
The percentage of aircraft that are able to perform at least one mission over a period of time.
To force into or deter from some action by inducing fear.
Strong-arm methods to intimidate Russia's independent press continue to be reported.