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Air Force working to improve mission capability rates

The Air Force’s mission capability rates of some aircraft have remained in the low 70% range over the last few years. The rates need to be much higher for the United States to counter Russia or China. Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force, said the service is working to improve the rates […]

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Space Force must build culture of risk tolerance to support acquisition, former Air Force secretary says

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall plans to move the Space Acquisition Directorate into the Space Acquisition and Integration Office. That merger, effective immediately, could accelerate the pace of fielding new capabilities. Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force, said the merger is “a good move” and that the Space Force should also focus […]

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Air Force focuses on “hard capabilities” to demonstrate value of Advanced Battle Management System

A huge step is now in place for the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), which lays the groundwork for the system that connects all of the services together, Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the Air Force and author of “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find […]

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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 […]

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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

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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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New program to allow defense companies access to classified information

Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, explains how increased access to information could help defense contractors increase productivity and efficiency

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Air Force and Navy could collaborate on JADC2

Deborah Lee James, Former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, discusses collaboration between the Air Force and Navy on the Joint All-Domain Command and Control network

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