Air Force leaders are trying to find a way to squeeze more effectiveness out of the service’s on-average 26-year-old airframes and one consideration, says Gen. Bruce Carlson, head of Air Force Materiel Command, is the question of whether applying new engines to all non-fighter aircraft is a practical approach to try to increase their operational effectiveness. “Right now… you really can’t make a case for converting to a new engine on an old airplane,” Carlson told defense reporters in Washington June 29, adding, “It takes too long to make it payoff.” However, he noted that there may be some benefit from the use of more economical, alternative fuels. The study has not presupposed the answers, said Carlson and added that it would be very technical, but straightforward. AFMC expects to brief Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne on the entire re-engining discussion in a few months.
The White House announced its United States Space Priorities Framework in a document released concurrently with Vice President Kamala Harris' first National Space Council meeting. Listed among five U.S. priorities is to “defend its national security interests from the growing scope and scale of space and counterspace threats.”