Air Force Secretary Says Russia Biggest Threat to U.S. Air Force

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Air Force Secretary says Russia is, in her mind, the biggest threat to the United States Air Force. That threat may be why U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James raised the possibility of sending F-22 Raptors to Europe as a response to Russia continuing to step up aggression in the region. It was when asked by a reporter at the Paris Air Show to list the greatest threat faced by the U.S. Air Force that James said Russia was the “biggest threat on my mind” and mentioned that the F-22 may be part of future theater security packages to Europe.

“I would say the biggest threat on my mind is what’s happening with Russia and the activities of Russia, and indeed that’s a big part of why I’m here in Europe and having those discussions,” Air Force Secretary Deborah James said. “It’s extremely worrisome on what’s going on in the Ukraine. We’ve seen the type of warfare, which someone dubbed it hybrid warfare, which is somewhat new. So I would put that at the top of my list.”

Russia and United States Relations

Meanwhile, according to a CNBC report, “Russia-West relations took a downturn this week when Moscow warned that any stationing of military equipment along its border with Europe could have “dangerous consequences” and President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would add more than 40 ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year.”

This latest chest-thumping from Russia and Putin came after it was reported that the United States was preparing to send heavy military equipment to Eastern Europe and the Baltic nations, as part of an effort to bolster U.S. forces there and send a message to Russia.

This back and forth between the U.S. and Russia has been escalating over the past few months. Perhaps that was one of the reasons for U.S. Air Force Secretary James coming out with her statements about the F-22 Raptors and Russia being the biggest threat on her mind.

Air Force F-22 Raptors to Europe?

It looks like the real reason behind the possibility of sending F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Europe is what is happening in Ukraine. As reported by Military.com

Gen. Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, said in the past, his command had not received the priority necessary to receive a theater security package because of pressing needs elsewhere.

“Prior to the Ukraine, we were not able to get theater security packages because of other priorities in the world, but this year we were able to prioritize two theater security packages,” he said.

Air Force Secretary James would not say whether the U.S. Air Force would also increase the number of airmen in Europe due to Russia’s aggressive stance. She also would not rule it out. As soon as we hear more Air Force news regarding sending F-22 Raptors to Europe, we will let you know.

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