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Congress must focus on missions before systems, says former Air Force vice chief of staff

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown is sounding an alarm about modernizing his service. Brown and the Acting Air Force Secretary John Roth told the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee they need more latitude to get rid of programs the force no longer needs. Larry Spencer (Ret.), USAF, 37th Vice Chief of Staff […]


Former Air Force secretary suggests developing new framework to measure readiness

Frank Kendall is the new nominee for Secretary of the Air Force. He served as Pentagon Acquisition Chief during the Obama administration. Deborah Lee James, Former Secretary of the Air Force, said the new Air Force secretary should work with the chiefs to create a new framework to improve upon current readiness metrics. James said […]


Mission enablers drive insight from data to accelerate change in the Air Force

The Air Force has a monthly cycle of training now to certify its own public sector data governance professionals. The Air Force has been training airmen, guardsmen, Air National Guardsmen and even Navy sailors since last fall. Eileen Vidrine, Chief Data Officer at the Air Force, described the demand for data in the Air Force […]


$420,000 bonuses for pilots could save the Air Force money over time

Air Force pilots could have up to 420,000 reasons to stay in the service. The service is raising bonuses to up to $420,000 to pilots who re-up. Larry Spencer (Ret.), 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, thinks these increases are a good idea and will save money over time because starting over […]


Valerie Insinna: Rep. Smith has “jumped on the bandwagon” with concerns about F-35 costs

The F-35 program will get a closer look from the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in this Congress. Congressman Adam Smith calls the program a “failure on a massive freaking scale.” “I think what’s new here is that the Air Force has actually come out and they’re saying, ‘we’re studying our tactical aircraft […]


Defense Innovation Unit likely here to stay, says Former Secretary of the Air Force

Deborah Lee James, 23rd Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, discusses progress made at the Defense Innovation Unit in its five-year history


The Air Force’s tactical aircraft needs

Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle (USAF, Ret.), President of the National Defense Industrial Association, discusses the upcoming review of the Air Force’s mix of aircraft and the need to evaluate the size and structure of the force


Waiver for Lloyd Austin nomination passes the Senate

Deborah Lee James, Former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, and Sean O’Keefe, Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy, discuss Lloyd Austin as defense secretary and Defense Department leadership under the Biden Administration

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