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Virtual Event | Framing Next Generation Air Dominance Around Software for Operational Advantage
A 1st Fighter Wing's F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. (DVIDS)
A 1st Fighter Wing's F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA. (DVIDS)

Virtual Event | Framing Next Generation Air Dominance Around Software for Operational Advantage

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, June 2. Register for the event here.

The Air Force and Navy are pursuing Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) programs to replace front-line fighters such as the F-22 and F/A-18 E/F with families of manned and unmanned systems. But, by focusing on hardware like manned aircraft first, the services risk constraining NGAD’s flexibility—repeating mistakes of the F-22 and F-35 programs. Instead, NGAD programs should take a note from tech companies like Apple and prioritize the development of software ecosystems first to ensure ease of use and maximize interchangeability across platforms. By developing a software ecosystem, native NGAD systems and external platforms could work as a team to afford commanders a wider range of plays compared to a tight-knit NGAD family that grows up together.

Please join Hudson Senior Fellows Dan Patt and Bryan Clark, former commander of U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command Mike Holmes, and Dr. Tim Grayson, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for a discussion of NGAD and new approaches to acquiring the next generation of military weapons systems.

Check out their new report here.

Speakers

Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Advisor, the Roosevelt Group, former commander, U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command

Dr. Tim Grayson

Special Assistant to the Air Force, former Director, DARPA Strategic Technology Office

Dr. Dan Patt

Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

Moderator

Bryan Clark

Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute

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