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    Air Force Says Its New China-Focused Reorganization ‘Not Best Optimized’ for Middle East

    Air Force Says Its New China-Focused Reorganization ‘Not Best Optimized' for Middle East

    When officials announced historic sweeping changes to the Air Force and Space Force's structure last week to prepare for potential conflict with China, it seemed they had thought of everything.

    But all those changes seemed to overlook one potential theater of war, one that the U.S. has not been able to withdraw from for decades — the Middle East. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin told during a reporter's roundtable at the Air and Space Forces Association's conference in Colorado last week that the new strategy is not optimized for that region.

    “I would say that, if we had to choose one or another, it is not best optimized for the Middle East,” Allvin said. “It is best optimized for the pacing challenge that our national defense strategy says we need to focus on.”

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    Both former President Donald Trump and current President Joe Biden's administrations have put recent national defense strategy focus on China. Defense officials have said that President Xi Jinping has told his military to be ready to take by force by 2027.

    But American service members are still dying in the Middle East. Late last month, three U.S. soldiers were killed in , while more than 40 other service members were injured following a drone strike at a military near the Syrian border.

    Also, last month, a pair…

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