USAF’s Force Management and Development Council has approved an initiative that will transform the way the service grooms its senior enlisted leaders. Among the changes, career field leaders will be able to manage enlisted talent and “identify the right airmen for the right job at the right time,” according to council officials. Within select specialty codes, senior noncommissioned officers will be vectored into critical positions based on their training, education, and experience. Further, staff sergeants will have to attend the NCO Academy before pinning on their next chevron. This is designed to give them leadership skills earlier in their careers. To make that feasible, the Air Force will expand NCOA capacity by 16 classrooms. A task will determine in “the near future” which of the existing NCOA locations will be expanded. (Washington report by Cheryl Medlin) (See also Closing the Gap from the Daily Report archive.)
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.