Focused on “Tomorrow’s world order amid great-power competition,” the September 2023 Defense News Conference featured perspectives from political, military, media, and industry. Watch Booz Allen’s senior vice president Brian Zimmermann discuss critical Air Force capabilities in these excerpts from the industry chat, “Maintaining air superiority.”
“Air superiority is key because it underlies the entire joint warfighting construct,” Brian declared. To see what a conflict is like without air superiority, he explained, “You have to look no further than Ukraine.” He stressed three principles:
- Mission focus: The Air Force’s move to prioritize which combat aircraft to use, and in which roles, is critical as threats escalate in Europe and the Indo-Pacific
- Escalating readiness: “We’re on a clock,” so the Air Force must establish a balance between “ready now” investments (like fuel, munitions, and training) with tech to deter and defeat threats (such as hypersonics, AI, and enhanced C2)
- “Everybody in:” Having many partners is critical—small businesses and innovators as well as traditional industry, academia, political leadership, allies, and international partners
Below are excerpts of his comments on two critical capabilities: AI and electronic warfare.