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Warrior Video Above: Air Force 4-Star Says European F-35s Will Deter Russia - More than 50 on the Way

By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven

(Washington, D.C.) The Pentagon is sending more than 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Europe over the next few years to deter Russia and help NATO prepare for an entirely new kind of warfare.

“By the time our planes get there, there will be 100-plus F-35s there with our European partners,” Gen. James Holmes, Commander, Air Combat Command, told reporters at a recent Air Force Association Conference. “We will be falling in on our European partners who already have their F-35s.”

Emphasizing that the arriving U.S. F-35s will “train and operate” together with European allies, Holmes said the move was “important to our ability to compete and deter in Europe.” While the planned number of F-35s will not arrive in Europe until the early 2020s, preparations are already underway.

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Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics& Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University