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Battle Networks: The Three Part Series

Militaries use battle networks to detect what is happening on the battlefield, process that data into actionable information, decide on a course of action, communicate decisions among forces, act on those decisions, and assess the effectiveness of the actions taken. Battle networks are sometimes referred to as the “sensor-to-shooter kill chain” (or just the “kill […]

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Rethinking the Role of Remotely Crewed Systems in the Future Force

driven by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), many senior military and political leaders lamented the effects these cuts were having on the U.S. military. In a major speech on national security during the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump called for significant increases in the military and promised to “submit a new budget to […]

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West Coast Aerospace Forum: An Air and Space Force Designed for the Future

Hosted ByThe RAND Corporation

The West Coast Aerospace Forum is an annual conference co-sponsored by the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, the RAND Corporation, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. This year’s event will be hosted at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters. The West Coast Aerospace Forum provides a rare chance to engage with some of the […]

Time7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LocationRAND Headquarters
Picture of sevenAir Force fighter jets flying together in formation
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The Air Force Digital Century Series: Beyond the Buzzwords

in terms of a “holy trinity” of agile development, open architecture, and digital engineering. But as was discussed at the Air Force Association’s 2019 National Convention, the Digital Century Series is more than just a series of buzzwords. My understanding of the USAF’s plan to implement and integrate these buzzwords—as well as that plan’s potential—are […]

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