Operational Energy Technological Advantages over Peer Adversaries Published Aug. 8, 2023 By Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy (SAF/IEN) Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy (SAF/IEN) Topic Sponsor: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy (SAF/IEN) How important is advanced airframe and engine technology development in the near-peer fight? In particular, how are procurement decisions with operational energy implications (e.g. engine tech, blended wing body aircraft) made today going to impact the industrial base, force structure, and competitiveness with peer adversaries in the next decades? For example, should the Air Force consider smaller procurement programs with shorter timelines to react to improvements in technology? If so, how would we ensure the industrial base is sufficiently capitalized for large projects or pulses of production? Carver, Maj. Matthew S., "US Grand Strategy and Nuclear Weapons," Air Force Fellows paper, 2021, 37 pgs. Curran, Joe, "Has China Abandoned its Policy of Minimum Nuclear Deterrence?" Air Force Fellows Paper, 2022, 6 pgs. Gallucci, Michael L. "Grading the Air Force Efforts to Address Manpower challenges within the Nuclear Security Ranks," Air Force Fellows paper, 2020, 25 pgs. Ingerslew, Major Margaret, "Crewdogs and Deterrence," ACSC paper, 2021, 12 pgs. Moore, Capt. Jacob, "Survivable and Adaptable Aerial Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Peer Conflict," SOS AUAR 2021, 12 pgs.