Air Education and Training Command has issued a draft environmental impact statement on the three proposed locations for USAF’s new common battlefield airmen training center. AETC plans to consolidate similar training for all manner of battlefield airmen, those airmen whose primary duties put them on the ground, often with land or special operations forces, into a single schoolhouse it expects to open in 2011. The command has scheduled public hearings for the three locations: Arnold AFB, Tenn. (July 10), Barksdale AFB, La. (June 26), and Moody AFB, Ga. (July 12). You can find the addresses for the meetings and the 572-page draft EIS here.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."