So-called fighter gaps looming across the U.S. armed services are catching the attention of officials in Washington beyond just the battle over the F-22 Raptor. The head of U.S. Northern Command, the Defense Dept.’s combatant command responsible for North America, says he is looking for multirole aircraft to perform the varied missions required for protecting the homeland. “Part of this air sovereignty mission is identification and nonkinetic enforcement. It’s diverting airplanes ...

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