Lexington COO Loren Thompson was featured in an article for the Dayton Daily News looking ahead to the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the impact the subsequent War on Terror had on the amount of work at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The war was “a huge detour away from what the Air Force had planned for the first decade of the new century,” said Thompson.
“Like the other military services, (the Air Force) was looking to emerging technologies to transform the way that war was fought. Instead, it found itself fighting fleeting, ragtag terrorists who had no air defenses and no air force,” he continued. He also stated that the extended life of the Air Force bomber, which was not set up for great power conflict before the war in Afghanistan, might be seen as another product of the War on Terror. “They were able to safeguard their place in a way they may not have,” had 9/11 not happened, said Thompson.
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This article also appeared in Stars and Stripes.
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