The Air Force released its first budget request of the Biden years on May 28, and most of what’s interesting is in the R&D accounts. The service is spending many billions of dollars developing next-generation solutions to long-range strike, nuclear deterrence, space resilience and multi-domain command and control. Many of the initiatives are overdue, but they also are secret–making it hard for outsiders to learn details. Any way you slice it, though, the Air Force is on a vector to rebuild its image as the joint force’s high-tech service. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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