The Kyrgyzstan parliament voted to close Manas AB—often used as a stopping point for troops and equipment supporting operations in Afghanistan—rather than renew the lease when it expires in 2014, reported Defense News. There are about 1,500 US troops and contractors assigned to the base. The draft measure, which still must be signed in to law by President Almazbek Atambayev, was passed almost unanimously. The future of the base has been a point of contention between the US and Kyrgyzstan government for years and Atambayev has repeatedly voiced concern that the base poses too much of a security risk.
Feb. 23, 2024
The Department of the Air Force’s space acquisition boss called for industry to stop low-bidding contracts and for the Pentagon to only select realistic proposals on Feb. 23, arguing that failures to do so eventually forces the Space Force to “rob our future to pay for the past.”