Strengthening US Alliances: A Conversation with the Secretary of the Air Force

May 29, 2018 - 3:00 pm

Please join the Atlantic Council for a conversation with Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather A. Wilson on Tuesday, May 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.

Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC 20005

Moderated by
Christine Wormuth
Director, Adrienne Arsht Resilience Center
Atlantic Council
Featuring an Introduction by
Ian Brzezinski
Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
Atlantic Council

For the past twenty-six years, the US Air Force has operated at a state of constant combat readiness. Constrained by this pressure, the force struggles to innovate, equip, and prepare for a future of warfare dominated by high-end combat. To prepare the US Air Force to fight, and win, the battles of the future, Secretary Heather Wilson has outlined five priorities:
  1. Restore readiness,
  2. Cost-effectively modernize,
  3. Drive innovation,
  4. Develop exceptional leaders, and
  5. Strengthen alliances.

The world is entering a period that will be defined by significant shifts—in influence, commerce, and demographics. In order to navigate these shifts, the United States should remember that it is at its strongest when working in concert with its allies and partners. Alone, the Air Force struggles with the expectations of doing too much, for too long, with too few resources. By strengthening our relationships with our allies, the world's preeminent force in air, space, and cyberspace can continue to aim high.