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Letter from the Editor
The US Air Force’s approach to retention and pay creates an expensive force that undercompensates those performing many of its most critical skills. A two-pronged approach will modernize compensation based on quantifiable skillsets and change the regular Air Force’s retention-management outlook to encompass the Air Reserve Components.
Most current Air Force efforts to add science and technology talent have been insufficient. Several key initiatives, grounded in behavioral economics, can incentivize innovation, reform institutional culture, and unleash the creativity and talent of the officer corps.
Instead of providing mobility-focused intelligence at tempo, the rapid global mobility intelligence architecture is more suited to a set-piece Cold War. Mobility intelligence must be better integrated into operational planning, led by an SIO who can operate across service and Joint boundaries.
Emergent function weapons operate as complex adaptive systems whose battlefield functions manifest only from emergent behavior at scale. Accordingly, the military must establish a defense research program that leverages contemporary advances in behavioral robotics.
Numerous factors complicate ACE site-selection decisions including peer-to-peer threats, complex geopolitics, and resource requirements. The proposed site-selection framework identifies existing airports best suited for strategic utilization to support combatant commands as they optimize agile combat employment infrastructure.
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