By the end of 2009, the number of airmen is expected to triple to 6,000. Managing that growth won't be easy.
The Pentagon wants to send more F-16 fighters. Critics say the jets could threaten India.
The GBU-54 – used for the first time in Iraq on Aug. 12 – will help US forces hit moving targets and minimize civilian casualties, say military officials.
Prime minister Gilani arrives at the White House Monday. Likely topics: counterterrorism and democratic stability.
But short-term pressures may keep them up for a while.