Building the Air Force We Need

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson issued a warning at AFA?s Air, Space & Cyber Conference last September: ?We must see the world as it is. That is why the National Defense Strategy explicitly recognizes that we have returned to an era of great power competition. We must prepare.?

World events back up this assertion in no uncertain terms. With China aggressively expanding its territorial zone of control in the Pacific Ocean in excess of international norms, and Russia pursuing overt acts of hostility in places like Ukraine and Syria, the global threat environment is growing to levels unseen since the Cold War. North Korea?s possession of nuclear weapons and Iran?s continued assertiveness in the Middle East are also generating strategic-level threats from regional actors.


Ending the pilot exodus: Air Force rolls out new bonuses, incentives ? will it work this time?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ? Nearly two years after top Air Force leaders began sounding the alarm on a worrying shortfall of pilots, the key elements of a solution are finally falling into place.


Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein, in exclusive interviews with Air Force Times, emphasized that many factors have led to the roughly 2,000-pilot shortfall that the brass warns could ?break the force? ? especially as commercial airlines are in the midst of one of their heaviest and longest hiring waves in decades.


Because of that, he said, there will never be a single ?silver bullet? that solves it once and for all.