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F-22s vs. Russia: US Could Use Advanced Jets to Counter Threat

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 09:09 AM

A squadron of F-22 Raptors, one of the U.S. Air Force's most advanced jets, could be sent to Europe in response to continued Russian aggression in the region, particularly the Ukraine.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James told reporters at the International Paris Air Show on Monday that the F-22s could be added to the rotation of A-10 Warthogs and F-15Cs already in two European theater, according to Military.com. The A-10s and F-15Cs have been scheduled to spend six months flying missions across the continent.

 


"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," said James. "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."

Air Force Gen. Frank Gorenc, who attended the air show with James, told reporters that Europe has been given priority status with lessening responsibilities in other areas.

"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," said Gorenc, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe.

James's mission to Europe also included engaging with countries that have fallen under the NATO alliance's requirement of spending two percent of less of their gross domestic product on defense, according to Breaking Defense.com.

Great Britain will likely fall below the two percent NATO edict this year with the expectation that David Cameron's government will slash procurement spending in an effort to bring down the country's deficit.

Spending on defense has down to pre-9/11 levels in Europe, according to a 2012 report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies that predicted that the defense for many European countries would continue shrink, noted Breaking Defense.com.

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A squadron of F-22 Raptors, one of the U.S. Air Force's most advanced jets, could be sent to Europe in response to continued Russian aggression in the region, particularly the Ukraine.
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