Welsh Describes Air Force of the Future
Welsh Describes Air Force of
By Jim Garamone, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — April 8, 2015 — In the future, the Air Force’s core missions will
probably not change, but the way they are carried out will, Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said today.
Welsh, speaking to the Defense Writers Group, said the Air
Force’s missions include air and space superiority, intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike and command and
control. Those missions “are what the joint force requires to be successful,”
the general said.
New technologies, new methods and new domains will change the
way airmen do their jobs, Welsh said. “The hot jobs will be probably be in the
cyber domain [and] they will be in remotely piloted aircraft,” he said.
The remotely piloted aircraft career field is growing leaps
and bounds, the general said. Airmen currently working in this field, he said,
are figuring out what the technology can do and how it can be worked into
today’s and tomorrow’s service.
“Many of them came in to do this, which is a change from 10
years ago,” Welsh said. “They are really excited about the potential and what it
These airmen are working to figure how to work remotely
piloted aircraft with manned aircraft, he said, and they are the ones figuring
how microminiaturization technology can be used and what it will bring to the
Building on Air Force Traditions
But there will be more traditional jobs, too, Welsh said with
a smile. “We’re going to get the same kind of people who we’ve gotten for years,”
the general said. “They want to fly the F-22, the F-35, the X-wing fighter.
Those people still want to come do this and we’ll have options for them in the
Some of the systems the Air Force has in the current
inventory will still be in use in 2035, but what is carried aboard these
platforms will bring new capabilities to the service, the joint force and the
nation, Welsh said.
“A lot of how the Air Force looks will depend on what the
budget looks like and what the economy looks like,” he said. “It could look a
lot more robust, it could look a lot more modern, or it could look like it does
today. The danger is that we settle for that. That won’t be good for us.”
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