Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Miller on Wednesday reiterated the importance of maintaining the nuclear triad in response to growing concerns over the nuclear ambitions of countries like Iran and North Korea. “The United States must and will obtain an effective nuclear deterrent,” said Miller during a speech on Capitol Hill sponsored by AFA, the National Defense Industrial Association, and Reserve Officers Association. The triad is the best tool to promote regional stability at a reasonable cost, argued Miller. Not only does it provide security for the United States, but it also assures “our allies and partners that the US nuclear umbrella remains in place,” he said. He also emphasized the need to “roll back” North Korea’s nuclear program and to deter Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. Miller’s July 17 talk reflected the points on the nuclear deterrent that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made in a speech in Nebraska last month.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.