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US Air Force requests more next generation aircraft and other new technology funding

•, brian wang

While some of the funding would go toward top acquisition programs such as the KC-46A Pegasus tanker, F-35A Lightning II and B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber, some would also support advanced technology initiatives.

For example, the "Next Gen Air Dominance" program aims to secure $295 million for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, up from just $21 million under the current year.

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2. Cyber-based capabilities. Development of cyber capabilities and Airmen who can operationally employ those capabilities is essential to air superiority in 2030 and beyond. The Air Force should develop cyber forces tailored for air component missions and priorities, including the protection of mission critical systems.

3. Increased contributions from space-based assets. The Air Force and the joint force will increasingly rely on advantages provided by on-orbit assets for air superiority. As such, ensuring survivable space assets is essential. Development of the Space Mission Force and implementation of the Space Enterprise Vision are key components of the AS 2030 family of capabilities.