Gen Brown Wants to Empower Airmen to Drive Change

WASHINGTON — Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, the Air Force’s new chief of staff, committed Monday to driving rapid change within the service, which he says is critical to maintaining military advantages over great-power competitors China and Russia.

Brown also said the Air Force must institute cultural changes to keep pace with the improving Chinese and Russian militaries, both of which have developed advanced technologies in recent years, aimed at challenging American military supremacy. To make such changes, he said he aims to empower airmen at all levels to share their own ideas, and he wants to cut through the service’s vast bureaucracy to focus on collaboration. The changes, Brown added, must start immediately.

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