There are three subjects that have the attention of the new head of Air Force Materiel Command, Gen. Bruce Carlson, and he says, “you won’t hear me talk about much more than those.” On a recent visit to the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee, Carlson said the topics are: people, core missions, and continuous process improvement. He says AFMC has no clear means to replace a graying workforce across the command or to adequately train new accessions into depots. He says the command has to “work on that.” And, he says, AFMC will use continuous process improvement “as a lens to focus” its technology development and system fielding, testing, and sustainment. Doing that, says Carlson, will enable AFMC to “figure out how to make things better, quicker, cheaper, and more effectively.”
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.