In Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz’s speech at AFA’s Air & Space Conference Tuesday, he challenged both the Air Force and industry to think about the future and, as he told reporters afterwards, to take “a long view.” He wants industry to think beyond near-term business and profits and take a position commensurate with having programs that will stretch 30 years into the future. He also requested “unity.” Asked if he’s simply trying to tell the combined audiences that the old Air Force is gone and not coming back, Schwartz said: “I hope it didn’t come across that way. What I was trying to do was indicate that if people have concerns about the future, I’m no Pollyanna. These are tough times. And we will get through this. We’ll be okay. That was the message.”
The Air Force isn’t giving up on its long-frustrated efforts to retire older aircraft, as the department’s leader continues to talk with lawmakers about plans to free up funds for its modernization efforts, Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones said Nov. 30.