Only one Air Force officer has managed to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the last 40 years. The Air Force, which subsumes the Space Force within its military department, is overdue for another crack at the nation’s top military post. As chance would have it, selecting an Air Force officer, namely Chief of Staff Charles Brown, would be strategically timely and operationally relevant given the current emphasis of U.S. defense strategy on great-power rivalry. General Brown is temperamentally and experientially suited to the position, with a recent career focus on Pacific operations. Like his service, General Brown is perfectly matched to the strategic moment. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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