The service is looking forward, however, and wants to replace its three combat-loss fighters with F-35 Lightnings, not F-15s or F-16s. Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne explained in a briefing with reporters Thursday afternoon in Orlando that the service will get the new aircraft around 2010, and new purchases of Vipers or Eagles would come no faster. Further, the F-15s currently being built for Korea and the F-16s being produced for the United Arab Emirates are different—and more advanced—than those flown by USAF. No commonality is a no-no, as far as the Air Force is concerned. Meanwhile, said Moseley, spending the money on the F-35 stabilizes the production line and accelerates the test program, so buying them as war replacements “seems to make sense.”
Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations, spoke about the State of the Space Force, including success stories like the Space Development Agency and the Victus Nox mission and future efforts like Space Futures Command at the AFA Warfare Symposium on Feb. 12, 2024. Watch the video or read the transcript.