The north runway at Ramstein AB, Germany, is undergoing reconstruction and work is ahead of schedule. The Air Force has undertaken a three-phase, $20 million refurbishment that will add 1,000 extra feet and allow heavier transports to take off when fully loaded, eliminating excess cargo flights. Ramstein had been primarily a fighter base, until the Air Force decided to close Rhein-Main AB, Germany, and shift the burden of airlift operations to its two other prime facilities in Germany—Ramstein and Spangdahlem. Current plans call for the work to be completed one week early – in late December rather than January 1, 2007.
Former British prime minister and now foreign minister David Cameron urged the U.S. Congress not to stop supporting Ukraine, saying the West has gotten a bargain in dramatically reducing Russia’s military power for a fraction of the U.S. defense budget.