The new boss of Air Force Space Command, Gen. Robert Kehler, plans to implement recommendations from the “Lanes in the Road Study” ordered last year by his predecessor Gen. Kevin Chilton, now head of US Strategic Command. In a memo to his senior leaders, Kehler wrote, “AFSPC will look, feel, and act as a single, integrated organization that rapidly and effectively delivers required combat capability to combatant commanders and their mission partners.” The Lanes Study and an earlier Independent Strategic Assessment Group apparently identified “blurred” directorate lines within the command’s management headquarters, according to Col. Jack Weinstein, director of plans, programs, analyses, assessments, and lessons learned. The goal, he said, is to provide a single command lead, eliminating the need for customers to shop around among multiple offices to find the support they need. (AFSPC report by 1st Lt. Lindsey Hahn)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.