The Air Force has decided to find out just how many of its airmen already are conversant in a foreign language—and which ones. The service has created an online survey that is mandatory for all enlisted personnel and for lieutenant colonels and below. Gen. Michael Moseley, USAF Chief of Staff, has called foreign language capability a “critical war-fighting skill.” According to an Air Force news release, there is a potential direct benefit for each airman that has demonstrable skill—foreign language proficiency pay. However, the language must be “of strategic value to the Air Force.”
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.