• Hacking Acquisitions The Defense Innovation Unit is in the business of finding solutions to military problems in the commercial marketplace. First, they investigate technological solutions to address a military need or problem. Then, they determine the best commercial company to provide that solution and facilitate an agile acquisition of the technology. DIU can then assist as the […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 20, 2019
  • Podcast – Dr. Will Roper The inaugural Airman Podcast for the At Altitude channel features a conversation with Dr. Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 7, 2019
  • Effective Risk The Air Force’s history is a timeline rich in success stories of innovation and calculated risks taken by Airmen to achieve a legacy of dominance in airpower, yet behind any of these success stories there’s a series of lessons learned from failure. Yet today many Air Force senior leaders express somewhere along the way in […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses April 2, 2019
  • Open Code Capt. Michael J. Kanaan, Air Force Artificial Intelligence co-chair, believes the Air Force needs more computer language experts in order to maintain dominance. Kanaan said the languages of artificial intelligence algorithms can, and should, be taught to Airmen as a mission-critical skill, just like Mandarin, Spanish or Arabic. “The languages of computers themselves are as […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses March 11, 2019
  • Time is of the Essence In early 2019, Airman interviewed Dr. Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $40 billion for more than 465 acquisition […] Airman Magazine No responses February 28, 2019
  • Serving, Saving, Shaping In December 2018, Airman magazine interviewed Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s 24th national commander. He leads CAP’s more than 60,000 members across the United States in fulfilling the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Congressionally chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education, in addition to the organization’s steadily increasing role […] Airman Magazine No responses January 22, 2019
  • 21st Century Air National Guard Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice is the Director, Air National Guard (ANG), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 107,600 Air Guard members and civilians in more than 90 wings and 175 geographically separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 States, […] Airman Magazine No responses December 17, 2018
  • Persistent Engagement In October 2018, Airman Magazine sat down for a conversation with Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Twenty-fourth Air Force commander; Air Forces Cyber commander and Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber commander, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. He is responsible for providing Air Force component and combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces to plan, direct and […] Airman Magazine No responses December 3, 2018
  • The State of U.S. Strategic Command See more USSTRATCOM photos on Flickr We interviewed Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, on Dec. 12, 2017, at USSTRATCOM headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. What is the status of STRATCOM [U.S. Strategic Command]? The status of U.S. Strategic Command? Really, when you look at the changes that have happened over […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses January 23, 2018
  • Optimizing the Data Loop See more Data Loop photos on Flickr Col. John Boyd, an Air Force fighter pilot and military theorist, put forward the key concept of aerial combat known as the Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action (OODA) loop. Within this theory, the key adversary is not the capabilities of the opposing pilot or his aircraft, but time. He […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 21, 2017