Building the Air Force We Need

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson issued a warning at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference last September: “We must see the world as it is. That is why the National Defense Strategy explicitly recognizes that we have returned to an era of great power competition. We must prepare.”

World events back up this assertion in no uncertain terms. With China aggressively expanding its territorial zone of control in the Pacific Ocean in excess of international norms, and Russia pursuing overt acts of hostility in places like Ukraine and Syria, the global threat environment is growing to levels unseen since the Cold War. North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons and Iran’s continued assertiveness in the Middle East are also generating strategic-level threats from regional actors.