Future capabilities--harnessing technology.
Leverage New Technologies to Upgrade and Replace Legacy Systems
* The Air Force aircraft fleet averages 23 years old, is growing older, and must be recapitalized.
* Today's inventory was acquired in large lots, predominantly during the Cold War.
* Through modernization efforts, much of this inventory will continue to serve us well in the future
* Other systems will have to be replaced as they become unaffordable to maintain and operate or can no longer meet Combatant Commander requirements.
* We will harvest all available technology for both modernization and recapitalization to enable a leap ahead transformation in our capabilities.
Science and Technology
Air Force innovation creates capability for the joint warfighter
* We have a successful history of using technology to win our nation's wars.
* With quickly changing technology, we must rapidly incorporate new opportunities into weapon systems.
* Innovation is critical to success in defeating enemies on the battlefield as well as defending our homeland.
* We need to maintain a balanced and sufficient investment in short-, mid-, and long-term research to stay ahead of the competition.
* We closely link technologies to warfighter capability needs required to achieve desired warfighting effects.
* We keep our science research relevant to future-envisioned capabilities to ensure we lead the next technology revolution in warfighting.
Space Systems Technology:
Ensure Access to and Freedom of Action in Space
* We will provide continuous, reliable, and effective space services to the nation
* We will continue to pursue network-centric and integrated ISR (Interrupt Service Routine) Software routine that is executed in response to an interrupt. capabilities for the warfighter.
* We will maintain missile early warning through new systems such as Space Based Infra-Red (SBIR SBIR Small Business Innovation Research (program/grant)
SBIR Space Based Infra-Red
SBIR Speaker-Boundary Interference
SBIR Site Backsurface-referenced Ideal Plane/Range (silicon wafers) ) devices.
* We will pursue Transformational Satellite (TSAT See VSAT. ) technology to provide unprecedented connectivity with an Internet-like network extending the Global Information Grid The globally interconnected, end-to-end set of information capabilities, associated processes and personnel for collecting,processing, storing, disseminating and managing information on demand to warfighters, policy makers, and support personnel. to deployed and mobile users worldwide.
* We will pursue Space Radar (SR) to integrate theater, civilian, and national users while providing persistent, deep-look, day/night, worldwide, all-weather capabilities for military, intelligence, and civil applications.
Recapitalization and Modernization:
Critical to Maintaining Air and Space Dominance for the Nation
* Global Strike: Acquire F-22A, F-35; network and modernize F-16, F-15E, A-10 and Predator B; network and modernize B-1B, B-2, B-52H; and develop Long Range Strike options (manned/unmanned).
* Global Reach: Upgrade avionics/ reliability on C-5/C-130; complete C17 buy; partner with Army on Joint Cargo Aircraft; sustain KC-10/KC-135 while acquiring a KC-X with air refueling and airlift capability.
* Global Vigilance (Information Dominance): Acquire Predator A and Global Hawk; continue additional unmanned vehicle exploration; modernize AWACS AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System)
Mobile, long-range radar surveillance-and-control centre for air defense. Used by the U.S. Air Force since 1977, AWACS is mounted in a specially modified Boeing 707 aircraft, with its main radar antenna affixed to a rotating dome. , Joint STARS and Rivet Joint; and complete deployment of standardized Aircraft Operations Centers and Air Force Distributed Common Ground Systems.
* Global Vigilance (Space): Upgrade and secure GPS; develop and deploy SBIR, TSAT, and SR; and ensure continued and timely access to space.
* Special Operations Forces Those Active and Reserve Component forces of the Military Services designated by the Secretary of Defense and specifically organized, trained, and equipped to conduct and support special operations. Also called SOF. : Network and sustain C-130 special-use aircraft.
War materiel, especially weapons and ammunition. Often used in the plural.
tr.v. mu·ni·tioned, mu·ni·tion·ing, mu·ni·tions
To supply with munitions. : Increase Precision and Minimize Collateral Damage
* Continue development and acquisition of Joint Direct Attack Munitions, Laser-Guided Bombs, and the Small Diameter Bomb
* Add weapons data links to ensure day/night/all-weather precision destruction of mobile targets
* Incorporate Universal Armament Interface to minimize costs and maximize configuration options
* Continue to secure capabilities to enhance interoperability of communication systems to ensure safe operations between Joint and Coalition forces