Heidi Grant: Air Force Eyes Int’l ISR, Tanker Partnerships With European Allies

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The U.S. Air Force plans to set up two consortia with its partners in Europe in order to share resources as military forces face downsizing and budget cuts, DoD Buzz reported Monday.

Kris Osborn writes the Air Force is considering a consortium for intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance beyond NATO and another consortium on tanker technologies.

“My concern is will we have the capacity to respond to all of these humanitarian relief operations? If not, who is going to be there do to aerial refueling or ISR?,”said Heidi Grant, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for international affairs, according to the report.

Grant said the consortia, as well as foreign military sales and global partnerships, are intended to address current challenges in global security.

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