The US Air Force is spending big to upgrade bases near Russia and testing out a 'base in a box' to make it easier

Business Insider | 8/28/2018 | Christopher Woody
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The US and its NATO partners have spent the past few years working to boost their deterrence amid tensions with Russia.

Part of that effort has been forward-deploying forces to Eastern Europe.

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Now the US Air Force is upgrading its facilities along NATO's eastern flank and testing out its capacity to set up airfields on short notice.

The US military and its NATO partners have spent the past few years beefing up their presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russia, and now the Pentagon is spending more to boost its ability to act fast in case of conflict.

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The Air Force is currently working to improve an air base in Romania in order to host US combat operations.

The $40 million in construction and upgrades over four years are meant to improve readiness by expanding what squadrons from the Air Force and partner forces can do at the 71st Air Base in northwest Romania, according to a Defense News report.

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Most of that money, nearly $25 million, will be spent on infrastructure needed to support missions and flight operations, including runway improvements and hangar construction. Nearly $10 million will go to building facilities to store weapons and fuel. Other funds will go to other improvements like paving roads around the base and repairing lights there.

The Air Force does not maintain a permanent presence at Campia Turzii. But it has cycled its forces in and out.

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In April 2014, the Air Force deployed F-16 fighter jets to Romania as part of a pre-planned joint exercise. In mid-2015, 12 A-10 Thunderbolts involved in a theater security package arrived at the airbase for joint training with Romanian forces — including live-fire exercises. In spring 2016, the Air Force deployed two F-22 Raptors to Romania on a mission to "bolster the security of NATO allies."

This summer, 12 F-15s and nearly 200...
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