Editorial: Speed Kills

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein often begins talks with a description of what a really bad day might look like for the United States—from the perspective of a service chief. As he tells it, the first call comes from US Northern ...

Editorial: Playing the Numbers

The Air Force plans to radically shift funding priorities in its next budget to pay for future network connectivity to support its vision of multi-domain command and control (MDC2). For example, it might surrender some of its most heavily worn B-1 bombers, and possibly retire ...

Editorial: Matching Up Against the Threat

This month marks 18 years since the United States launched its first counterstrikes after 9/11. The generation of recruits now joining the Air Force was born after that worst-ever terrorist attack on US soil; America has been at war for their entire lives. In that ...

Editorial: Developing Better Airmen

The most critical role of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, working on behalf of the Secretary, is to build the force of the future. The Chief’s leadership sets the tone for today, of course, but it’s the decisions he makes to shape ...

Editorial: Game Changers

In shooting down a Navy BAMS drone, maybe Iran’s Revolutionary Guard did the US a favor? Photo: Bob Brown/Northrop Grumman The surface-to-air missile that destroyed a US Navy drone in June heightened tensions with Iran and throughout the region. More importantly, however, it blew a ...

EDITORIAL: Delayed Gratification

“The Air Force We Need,” which Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson outlined last fall, will continue to come into finer and finer focus this spring, as a series of follow-on studies near completion and the Air Force budget and modernization strategy is debated on Capitol ...

EDITORIAL: US Needs a Cyber Deterrence Plan

Americans have a love affair with airplanes. We love their power and grace and marvel at their roar over air shows. We pay far less attention to rockets and satellites and even less to the invisible and dark art of cyber. These things are harder ...

EDITORIAL: The Air—and Space—Force We Need

Three themes are playing out across the Air Force as 2018 nears its end. Together they speak volumes about where the service is headed—or could end up—in the future. The first is the vision for the future size of the force, what Air Force leaders ...

EDITORIAL: A Simple Lesson From 26 Murders in Texas

SECAF Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein take questions at the Pentagon Nov. 9, 2017. Photo: SSgt. Rusty Frank This editorial will appear in the January 2018 issue of Air Force Magazine An oversimplified, straight-line description of how Devin P. Kelley’s criminal ...