Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said his service must take a "selective and incremental" approach to modernizing in a world of uncertain future threats and defense budgets that will continue to flatten. He spoke at an Oct. 12 luncheon.
He foresaw stop gaps where necessary and next generation systems where possible. The Air Force, he said, will have to be "flexible across a wide range of contingencies." The Air Force faces a need to reduce overhead by $28 billion as its part in an overall Department of Defense budget reduction.