You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

At AFA, Fanning calls for innovation

Sep. 16, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
AFA MWM 20130916
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning addresses the Air Force Association Annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 16. (Mike Morones/Staff)
  • Filed Under

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. — The acting Air Force secretary warned on Monday that his service needs to double down on innovation in order to survive budget reductions.

“Are we spending more and more money to gain only marginal capability in tomorrow’s battle space?” Eric Fanning told an audience at the annual Air Force Association Air & Space Conference in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

Continued Fanning: “Where is the next game-changer in airspace and cyberspace? And if we can’t name it off the top of our heads, is that a red flag that we are not paying enough attention to strategic innovation?

“We need to take a long hard look in the mirror. And ask ourselves how are we going to shape an Air Force that is affordable and sustainable over the long term.”

Fanning’s comments will likely set the tone for the conference, which brings in top generals and industry officials alike.

Despite widespread pessimism over declining budgets, Fanning told the audience that he remains confident in the Air Force.

“The Air Force is truly the nation’s innovative service,” Fanning said. “If we make the right choices today, building on the innovation, we will be the dominant service in the foreseeable future.”

Part of that solution may come from further partnerships between industry and the Pentagon.

“Without the industry partnership, there is no Air Force,” Gen. Mark Welsh, Air Force chief of staff, said during the ribbon cutting to officially open the show.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Air Force Times

This Week's Air Force Times

CrossFit vs. unit PT
Troops will do the training plans in a $2.5 million study

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook