In short, we need to become a lighter, leaner and more lethal fighting force capable of taking the fight to the enemy quickly and decisively. In order to achieve this endstate, we need to replace our aging aircraft with state-of-the-art fighters and bombers and that takes money.
The reality is that our rebirth will drive cuts in our end strength to fund new aircraft and equipment; and in doing so, will fundamentally change the way we do business.
That is reality if you listen very closely, you can already hear stomachs rumble as the nervous few desperately try to hang onto status quo.
But change is inevitable and it is time to abandon the familiar and look for innovations that will lead us into the future.
For the warrior who embraces change, this is a very exciting time full of great opportunity. Abraham Lincoln hit the nail on the head when he said, “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.
The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”
The world has changed and we have another opportunity to grow, adapt and evolve. The future is ours but it will take courage, optimism and perseverance - all we have to do is collectively reach out and grab it.
In the words of Alan Cohen, “It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.”
Even though I am often called a crusty old colonel who is too old to change, I am watching our new evolution with my eyes wide open and am anxiously waiting to see what the Air Force of the future is going to look like.