Air Force Brings Ideas to Defense Innovation Initiative
Air Force Brings Ideas to
Defense Innovation Initiative
By Amaani Lyle, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – January 15, 2015 – In dual remarks during the State of the Air Force
press briefing here today, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and the Air
Force chief of staff announced plans to bring the service’s research, science
and technology ideas to the Defense Innovation Initiative, led by Deputy
Secretary of Defense Bob Work.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A
Welsh III and Secretary Deborah Lee James
Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh III, the chief of staff, said the
overall vision realized will help the Air Force and each of the services reduce
costs, maintain a technological edge and enhance the procurement process.
“Under the secretary’s guidance, we’re now putting together a
new strategic master plan that includes an annex that is purely science and
technology, prioritization, ideas for the future [and] technology we can use to
change the way we do business,” Welsh said.
Some of the standard ideas, Welsh noted, include hypersonic
technology, directed energy and quantum computing.
“The new advanced engine technology demonstrator is a great
example of a place where we could not only get better performance but save maybe
as much as 25 percent of fuel costs,” Welsh said. “If we can prove that, we need
to get that fuel on as many airplanes as we can afford over a reasonable
timeline because that’s a game-changer in cost with the number of hours that we
fly airplanes around the world.”
The general said the Air Force should also build on
successful efforts in other services such as the Navy.
“We should be looking at laser defense against air-to-air or
surface-to-air missiles, we should be exploiting laser communications,” Welsh
said. “There are a number of ways that we should be moving forward … this is a
great opportunity in my mind [and] the possibilities here are just endless.”
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Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh III
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