In a new Pew Research Center poll, a majority of Americans believe that decreasing our military presence is the best way to reduce another terrorist attack—a complete reversal from public opinion in August 2002. In 2002, 48 percent of Americans said the best way to reduce terrorism was to increase military involvement. Today, 45 percent say decreasing US military involvement would reduce the threat. Along the same vein, the Pew poll also found that more Americans believe decreasing dependence on Mideast oil is a “very important” step toward reducing terrorism, as opposed to military strikes against nuclear facilities or encouraging democracy and other suggested steps.
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.