Jewish-Christian influence in the area; re-establishing the Muslim empire to what it once was and rule that part of the world; and world domination.
"At the end of what they believe is a 100-year campaign, they will dominate the world," the general said. "When they do, they will tell you what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, when to pray, who to pray to – they will enforce everything they do with the rule of death."
And, despite the terrorist claims, we are winning the war, Carlson said.
"As you read the news or listen to the television, it may not seem that way, but we are killing bad guys every night," he said. "We are employing more weapons today and all of them are precision weapons.
"We are doing joint warfare with our sister services in a way we've never been able to do before because of these systems that we have that allow us to communicate through the operations centers over there," Carlson noted.
"We have made remarkable progress and there are 55 million people over there who are tasting freedom for the first time," he said. " From all indications, they like the taste and they're not going to give it up."
Adding to the complexity of operations is the need to recapitalize the force and upgrade the aircraft fleet, and at the same time work with a reduced budget.
The average age of the fleet is 23 1/2 years, the general noted, and older aircraft like the KC-135E, C-130E, F-117, C-21 and B-52 will need to be retired.
"Thus you see us pursuing programs like the F-22A and the Joint Strike Fighter, new space programs and command and control programs," Carlson said. "There are a number of airplanes that we're trying to retire to make room in the budget and on the ramps for this new fleet of airplanes.
"We're also going to reduce our force. We are forecasting to come down in the next three or four years about 40,000 manpower equivalents – that will mean about 57,000 people and a reduction of some contractor force across the Air Force. That will be painful. People are still and always will be the most important product we have in the Air Force. "
The conference was hosted by the Ogden Air Logistics Center and the Air Force Software Technology Support Center. It was co-sponsored by the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Defense Information Systems Agency and Utah State University Extension. Activities included general sessions, guest speakers, plenary sessions and a trade show.