Air Force planning F-35 ‘show of force’ against North Korea

The U.S. Air Force will conduct a “show of force” demonstration against North Korea in the coming weeks using its Japan-stationed F-35A wing now that the service has a dozen planes there.

The F-35A’s are in Japan on a six-month rotational basis.

Service officials describe the move as a routine deployment called a Theater Security Package, but given the ramped-up tensions with North Korea, it’s clear that the show of force is meant to influence Pyongyang.

“Pacific Air Forces is now finalizing plans for a wide range of F-35A multi-national collaborative  training events which will, without question, seek to demonstrate possible coordinated attack options using the stealth aircraft, if ordered, over the Korean peninsula.

“The 12 F-35s, now based at Kadena Air Base, Japan, arrived from Utah’s 34th Fighter Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, officials with Pacific Air Forces said in a statement.”

Marine Corps F-35Bs have been in Japan for months but the show of force demonstration is U.S. Pacific Command’s first operational tasking for Air Force F-35s. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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