Maj. Gen. (confirmed for a third star) Michael Peterson, USAF’s new Chief Information Officer, tells Government Computer News that the reorganization of the Air Staff functions that deal with information operations—CIO, warfighting integration, and communications operations offices—into a single entity—the Networks and Warfighting Integration-CIO Directorate—was a natural. (Read our item on the merger here.) He says the functions had worked closely together previously, so they “didn’t lose the momentum on [any] initiatives. In fact, he says, “things have speeded up.” So far so good.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.