Written by Brandi Vincent
According to Secretary Frank Kendall, the Air Force will soon install a new chief to oversee all of its complex command, control, and communications initiatives and ultimately empower the military branch to better support the ambitious vision of the Air Force. Pentagon for a more connected way of waging war.
Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) is the Department of Defense’s new concept for connecting sensors, gunners, and related technologies to provide battlefield commanders with the best information to make informed decisions faster. as conflicts move digital. The Air Force’s primary contribution to JADC2 is its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) architecture under development, which will underpin the DOD’s network-centric approach to future combat.
“We’re going to put someone in charge of this global C3 combat management enterprise for the Air Force. We will be appointing someone very soon and he will be responsible for bringing it all together and focusing all of this work and making sure that it is really joint and interoperable with our allies, as well as working together for the army of the ‘air,” Kendall said Wednesday. at the Defense News conference.
The Secretary and his team are in the process of determining the service’s budget request for fiscal year 2024. He further confirmed that some of this funding will likely be focused on obtaining JADC2 and ABMS “directly from the Air Force”.
While not going into specifics, Kendall added that the upcoming budget will focus heavily on the relatively recently conceptualized operational imperatives that the Air Force has developed to meet future war-related threats and modernize contemporary assets.
“I have just returned from the Pacific. I have visited Hawaii, Guam, Australia, Japan and Alaska – and we clearly need to take steps to make our bases more resilient and make agile combat employment a priority,” Kendall noted. “And those are things we can do relatively quickly.”
Another operational objective, and an area of increased budget support planned in the coming years, is to introduce collaborative unmanned combat aircraft as components of a new family of systems for its Next-Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program ).
These priorities and other operational imperatives were structured by Air Force officials based on existing and “very predictable” gaps in branch capabilities, the secretary noted. With this in mind, Kendall also shed light on the long-term, high-stakes technology competition of the United States with China and how it requires additional strategic investment and innovation from the industry.
“Let’s be clear on this. The strategic competitor or pace challenge is China – and China has been working for about 30 years now to develop and nurture capabilities designed to keep the United States out of the Western Pacific region,” he said.