Boeing delivered the first B-1 bomber upgraded with the Integrated Battle Station to the Air Force on Jan. 21. The modification “essentially turns the B-1 into a new aircraft with the addition of the full color displays, moving maps, and new diagnostics systems,” according to a Jan. 22 company release. The upgrade—the “most extensive” in “B-1 history”—improves situational awareness for Lancer crews while providing “faster and more secure communication capabilities,” states the release. The aircraft was delivered to Dyess AFB, Tex.
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.