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Transformation Important to 21st Century Security

Transformation Important to 21st Century Security

By Staff Sgt. A.J. Bosker, Air Force Print News.

Washington D.C. -- May 18, 2001 (AFPN) -- The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said there is a need for continued course corrections among all the country's armed forces to meet the evolving security challenges of the 21st century. This is necessary to reinforce the Air Force's ongoing transformation into an expeditionary aerospace force.

"There is no question that our armed forces are the best," said Gen. Richard B. Myers. "For the most part, they are the best at fighting today; however, they also have to be the best at fighting tomorrow's battles and that requires transformation."

Myers, who was speaking to attendees at a recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference, said this transformation requires the Department of Defense to change the system that was designed to fight the Cold War.

"We knew the enemy and we had a good idea of what it took to beat him," he said. "Our plans had to change very little over the years and we could rely on one fundamentally consistent operational concept to fight (the Cold) War."

Today's evolving security environment is different, Myers said. What worked so well during the Cold War is no longer really applicable today.

"(We must) take control of our path and walk away from the Cold War forever," Myers said. "We must get rid of the stove pipes that, while useful during the Cold War, serve today to only tie our hands in the new environments we face. There is no place this is clearer than in space-enabled intelligence systems."

As the U.S armed forces move to more precision, joint and coalition operations, it is hard to have widespread knowledge and information superiority among the various commanders if information is not shared between the services or its allies, he said.

"This intelligence sharing is fundamental for our success (in future operations)," Myers said. "This (will not be) a revolutionary change, but more of a course correction. We must maintain the best of what we already have and just put it on a new heading to address 21st century challenges."

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).

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