The Pacific Air Operations Center within the Kenney Warfighting Headquarters at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, has provided command and control for US Pacific Command’s Rim of the Pacific exercise, attended by airmen and sailors of seven Pacific Rim nations and the United Kingdom. RIMPAC 2006 comprises nearly 160 aircraft, 40 ships, and six submarines—all being managed through the “state of the art” PAOC. “We speak different languages, and we found out initially that we have different acronyms for things, but that all those things are easily overcome,” said Brig. Gen. Greg Ihde, the KHQ vice commander and PAOC commander. “That’s why we practice.”
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.