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AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference to conclude

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The Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference will conclude today.

This week’s conference was attended by US Air Force (USAF) and US Space Force (USSF) leadership, industry experts and government officials who have been discussing challenges facing the aerospace and cyber communities.

A key focus of this conference was China’s military modernization and growing ability to project power against the US. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall offered a blueprint for USAF, USSF, Congress and other industry stakeholders to follow to deal with China. Particularly, Secretary Kendall aims to implement a whole-of-government approach.

Beyond new equipment and new partnerships throughout U.S. military strategy spaces, expect Secretary Kendall to call for a multi-layered response to China ahead of the National Defense Strategy delivered in 2022. Beyond reformulating U.S. defense policy to reflect the recognition of space as a warfighting domain and the continued erosion of U.S. military advantage vis-a-vis China, expect Secretary Kendall to address nuclear modernization, the Advanced Battle Management System and the deployment of modern technologies. Expect Secretary Kendall’s perspectives against China to be validated by the Biden administration as the administration seeks to act tough on Beijing.

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