Boeing announced Wednesday that it has connected the Air Force’s F-15E mission training centers at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., and RAF Lakenheath, Britain, to the service’s distributed mission operations network. These two sites join the F-15E MTC at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, which Boeing tied into the DMON in June. F-15E pilots at these three bases are now able to train virtually at home with other military pilots connected to the network at their own bases around the globe. “Having all three MTCs on the network is a significant achievement,” said Mark McGraw, Boeing vice president for training systems and services. He noted that the MTCs allow for realistic training without the financial or environmental costs or safety risks of live-fly training exercises.
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.