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Trump Calls Up Reserves, Pilots Needed
President Trump late on Friday, signed an executive order allowing military pilots to be recalled to active duty. Citing emergency powers, the EO explicitly stated that the call-up was voluntary for the time being, but implied that the president had the power to call retired military officers back to duty for any reason because of: The new EO is officially an amendment to EO 13223 which President George W. Bush implemented in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Air Force has a severe pilot shortage. Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff told UPI last month: “We’re 1,500 pilots short, and if we don’t find a way to turn this around, our ability to defend the nation is compromised.” Should war break out with North Korea, the primary advantage of the U.S. would be air power – but only with sufficient pilots. It is clear that this initial voluntary calling up of the reserves is a serious ramping up of preparations for war. It is also a deadly serious message all of America’s adversaries will understand, including North Korea, China, Russia and Iran. I’m still reporting from the one-time, free-speech capital of the world.