May 01, 2018
This is the Air Force's 2045 Moment
BRIAN W. EVERSTINE
The US is facing a new age of “great power conflict.” Potential adversaries Russia and China are reaching or surpassing American military capabilities and are using this newfound strength to intimidate neighbors and circumvent the established world order. To stay in front and counter these threats, the Air Force needs to innovate and must rethink how it operates on the global stage.
This was the message from Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in late February in Orlando. The event, which focused on the central theme of innovation, came shortly after the Pentagon released its National Defense Strategy, which warns of this possible conflict with Russia and China.