U.S. Air Force’s Big Modernization Plans
The U.S. Air Force has lofty goals for the next decade. The service has already set in motion efforts to modernize its fighter, bomber and tanker forces. Meanwhile, officials are also looking to buy a new fleet of trainers, build an upgraded air-launched cruise missile and replace the ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. And the Air Force does not plan to stop there—senior leadership is also considering buying a new, single-mission platform for close-air support.
Lt. Gen. Arnie Bunch, the Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition official, sat down with Aviation Week ahead of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) annual air and space symposium and shared his major modernization priorities, the problems the Air Force has overcome, successes it has seen and challenges that still remain. Here is what you need to know going into AFA.