December 1, 2015
The Future of American Airpower: A Conversation with General Mark A. Welsh III
By Alex Ward
General Welsh stressed that to tackle these challenges, the US Air Force will need to concentrate on three broad themes: first, it must continue to modernize and advance its capabilities despite the budgetary challenges it faces. This is the only way it can stay ahead of competitors and prepare for the uncertainties of future warfare. Second, the US Air Force must attract and retain the best people, and the way it will do this is by providing personnel with the best possible training, and also a sense that they are engaged in meaningful work. Third, the US Air Force must intensify its collaboration with friends and allies across the world to complement its own capabilities, as well as to identify and respond to emerging threats more decisively.