The Air Force is going to have to move faster if it's going to keep up with rapidly developing threats and challenges, the service's 23rd chief of staff, Gen. David W. Allvin, said Friday morning in a ceremony marking his elevation to the role. The event was hosted by recently confirmed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Allvin's predecessor Gen. CQ Brown after months of delay by a gridlocked Senate.
“Among the biggest challenges in pursuit of our destination is time, as the future rushes toward us at a breathtaking pace,” Allvin said. “We have accelerated change and now must turn this momentum into outcomes. The clock is ticking and the time to execute is now.”
Allvin takes office as a range of emerging and ongoing conflicts rage and corners of the world become increasingly unstable, with wars between Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Hamas, the intensifying relationship between China and Taiwan, and the role of the U.S. military shifting in the middle of it all.
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“Our job is to ensure that when other international actors consider reaching into
that toolbox for a device labeled ‘military conflict,' they rightfully consider that an
unwise choice,” Allvin said. “And should they make that choice, we must make them regret that decision.”
The Air Force is also facing a continuing pilot shortage, aging aircraft and the…