"But in terms of expanded presence with fewer assets, no one can be everywhere, so we look at this more from our unique ability to “influence” like no other service can. The Air Force influences events and decisions around the world, oftentimes from afar. Sometimes we do it unseen. Deterrence, coercion, and even humanitarian assistance don’t require full-time physical presence. Our recent flights of bombers over the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea in response to provocative behavior by North Korea and China sent very clear signals, and I think they showed presence that mattered. And our responses to disasters in the Philippines, Pakistan, China, Myanmar, India, and many others required the crossing of many time zones and the staying power to sustain the relief efforts. We did that, and we did it faster than any other force on the planet. That’s presence that matters."

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