A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet is refueled over the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility by a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, Sept. 22, 2020. The KC-135 delivers a global-reach aerial capability to support joint and coalition aircraft, and provide war-winning airpower throughout the USCENTCOM area of responsibility.

U.S. bombers enhance security cooperation in Europe.

A Show of Force

October 2018, Number 08.04

“Russia’s use of information warfare to influence other nations and its aggressive actions, including invasions and annexations, are a looming global security concern. Russia continually attempts to destabilize other countries and interfere in their politics because it wants to be more than a regional power. To attain that goal, the Kremlin wants a weak NATO; however, NATO remains strong and committed to mutual defense. And so does the United States, as demonstrated by the military’s participation in European and NATO exercises and events. Strategic bomber deployments and the participation in military exercises play a large role in reassuring allies of the U.S. commitment to extended deterrence.

One way U.S. bombers build relationships in Europe is through participation in air shows. The annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), which takes place each July at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base Fairford in Gloucestershire, England, is the largest military air show in the world. The 2017 RIAT recognized the 70th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force with an impressive array of strategic U.S. bomber assets. The air show also celebrated the 21st century partnerships that exist throughout the defense and aviation communities...”

Excerpt from U.S. Strategic Command, “A Show of Force,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  8, No. 4, 2018: 54-57.

U.S. Strategic Command is one of the eleven Unified Combatant Commands of the US Department of Defense and is responsible for the command, training, equipment, management and planning of all nuclear forces in all branches of the United States armed forces.

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