Abstract: The US’s near-peer competitors are closing capabilities gaps by rapidly acquiring new technologies deliberately designed to challenge the US Air Force’s air superiority. One main reason for this “capabilities closure” is the slow and risk-averse nature of the Department of Defense’s acquisitions process. But even within the limitations of the DoD’s system, tThe USAF can increase the effectiveness of its acquisitions by prioritizing speed of delivery, accepting and managing the increased risk of failure, and incorporating innovative ideas as core acquisitions priorities. Aggressively adopting these three focus areas may help the USAF to retain – or even expand – its comparative military advantage against near-peer competitors.Read more
The current DoD hypersonic weapon investment strategy is untenable over the next three to four years which will widen the capability gap with Russia and China. The investment strategy needs to be streamlined based on acquisition, test, and fiscal realities to field a hypersonic weapon by 2023. In order to enable success, the DoD should begin to consolidate the hypersonic weapon efforts to one per service to help alleviate budgets, focus requirements, and reduce competition at test facilities.Read more
This OTH Anniversary article takes a look at the need for increased information sharing across programs in order for multi domain operations to be successful.Read more
“The early bird gets the worm. The early worm… gets eaten” – Norm Augustine With support from the highest levelsRead more
The defense acquisition system fails to deliver on the promise of equipping the warfighters with an advantage over the enemy.Read more
Delivery of swarming systems to the warfighter will not be hindered by the technology development, but rather the processes and procedures in which to implement this technology.Read more
Everything ran in its own compartment. I think that far more than people realize, it was a tragedy of bureaucraticRead more
Change in the operational environment between now and 2036 requires the Air Force to aggressively develop a vertical and/or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL) tactical airlift platform.
By Matthew Andrews
“Do you want it fast, cheap, or good? You only get two.” The Defense Acquisition System provides limited utility for the warfighter in procuring effective and suitable equipment in a timely and cost-effective manner.
By Michael Morgan