Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein listens to a presentation Wednesday during a summit on the service's pilot shortage at AFA's headquarters in Arlington, Va. Staff photo by Mike Tsukamoto
A big part of the Air Force’s assault on its pilot shortage will come from widening the base of potential pilots it draws on, and that means bringing in a greater diversity of pilot candidates. After hearing ideas offered by a diverse group of male, female and minority pilots and minority-focused aviation affinity and professional groups, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein concluded there are “opportunities for bold moves” to make the USAF pilot corps look more like America.
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NATO defense ministers agreed to the “general design” of a new cyber operations center at the defense ministerial in February and the alliance is now in the “implementation phase,” though the details are still being refined, Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, told defense reporters in Washington on Wednesday. Pavel said the alliance hasn’t yet figured out how many personnel will be assigned to the center, which is part of the NATO command structure. “By this summer, we’ll have more information about all of these elements, including the cyber center,” said Pavel. Though some NATO members have offensive cyber capabilities and “are willing to operate to the benefit of the alliance,” Pavel said NATO is not considering “developing a NATO-wide offensive cyber” capability. “If there isa situation, then SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Europe] will coordinate use of all elements of cyber, including those who are acting,” said Pavel.
Key House Armed Services members expressed concerns Wednesday about the adequacy of the U.S. nuclear deterrence and missile defenses in light of growing capabilities of Russia, China and other nations, but the top Pentagon official on nuclear policy and the commander of US Strategic Command said nuclear deterrence still works and the missile defenses meet current threats.
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