The US and Japan yesterday agreed to implementation details for the realignment of US and Japanese forces set out last fall. In a statement, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice said, “Completion of these realignment initiatives is essential to strengthen the foundation of alliance transformation” and confirmed that US and Japanese officials were committed to the “timely and thorough implementation of the plan.” Key to the plan is movement of a large US Marine presence from the Japanese island of Okinawa—“to reduce the burden on local [Japanese] communities,” said Rice—to the US territorial island of Guam, home to Andersen Air Force Base.
Details Murky as ARRW Falls Short in Second Test
March 24, 2023
The second all-up flight of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon on March 13 fell short of a fully successful test, but the Air Force isn’t saying what went wrong with the Lockheed Martin-built hypersonic missile. The defense giant's Missiles and Fire Control division recently said the ARRW is "ready…