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US Said to Consider Northern Route for Iraq Withdrawal

February 17, 2009

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U.S. officials reportedly approached the government of Turkey to develop plans for a troop withdrawal through the north of Iraq, Turkish media report. [ FULL STORY ]
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AMC stands up new en route structure wing in Europe

September 6, 2008

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Air Mobility Command officials stood up a new wing Sept. 4 as part of its en route structure in Europe.

The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will become the headquarters for the existing 721st Air Mobility Operations Group at Ramstein AB, and the new 521st AMOG at Rota AB, Spain.

“This new wing will provide an enhanced level of control for our en route structure in Europe, which includes critical locations for getting people, cargo and patients to and from current war zones,” said Col. Kimberly J. Corcoran, who is appointed to be the 521st AMOW commander, and currently serves as the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force vice commander at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. “The strategic locations of the bases allow the mobility fleet to travel without air refueling. They also provide maintenance and aerial port servicing, as well as give time to aircrews for crew rest.”

“This wing standup demonstrates that AMC’s en route structure is a flexible organization, shaped by the needs of our nation’s security,” said Maj. Gen. Winfield W. Scott III, 18th Air Force commander. “We’re always looking for opportunities to make our system more responsive and efficient. This is one more example of adjusting the system to meet our nation’s needs.”

About 1,800 personnel will be assigned to the new wing. More than 1,200 will stay with the 721st AMOG and its subordinate squadrons, supporting flights transiting Ramstein AB; Aviano AB, Italy; Spangdalem AB, Germany; and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The new 521st AMOG at Rota AB will have about 500 people and have operational control over squadrons at Rota; Lajes Field, Azores; and Incirlik AB, Turkey.

NATO’s New Significant Threats

September 5, 2008

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by Claude Salhani (UPI)

In a rapidly changing world where terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons are replacing conventional enemies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is finding that it needs to reinvent itself in order to address what it has identified as “significant threats.”

In the aftermath of the Cold War, NATO has entered a most challenging period of transformation, forced to adapt not only to the realities of a changed Europe but also those of a changed and changing world, said Richard Prosen, from the U.S. State Department’s Office of European Security and Political Affairs.

To face the challenges of the future, NATO is taking bold steps to complete its transformation from what was a “static reactive alliance focused on territorial defense” when it trained to deter the Soviet military “to an expeditionary proactive global security alliance,” said Prosen.

Indeed, in a post-Sept. 11 world, NATO found it had to reorganize itself and change its very foundation to take on rising threats facing the West. For the first time since its inception the alliance undertook a mission outside its traditional area of operations, deploying forces in Afghanistan to combat the Taliban.

This has proven to be a difficult mission, with several members of the alliance showing reluctance to commit troops in a conflict where resistance is rising and casualties are expected. Just two weeks ago, France, which is not part of the NATO military command, suffered 10 fatalities when a military patrol fell into an ambush.

At the same time as having to fight terrorism, NATO is facing a resurgence of what some analysts see as possible Russian expansionism, as was demonstrated by the manner in which Moscow handled the recent crisis in the Caucasus.

How will NATO cope with those challenges? Will the alliance remain steadfast? Will Turkey, a Muslim nation and an important NATO member given its geographic location straddling Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, remain faithful to the organization, or will it be tempted to jump ship and side with its closer neighbor, Russia? The continuing delay imposed on Turkey in joining the European Union could play on Turkish sentiments.

So just how serious is the current threat to the Western alliance emanating both from terrorism and Russia?

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