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The Langley Crier
Winter 2016

AFA Luncheons

Again the Langley Chapter offered an exceptional group of speakers for the leadership luncheon series this fall into the winter. First we heard from Major General Jerry Harris, Air Combat Command Vice Commander, who recapped his experience at the AFA conference in September, specifically where the Air Force was headed under the new Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen David Goldfein. The Chief’s three focus areas are revitalizing the Squadron, strengthening joint leaders and teams, and looking at a multi-domain command and control. Gen Harris emphasized that the Air, Space and Cyber Conference is a premier leadership development event and that "AFA is a great opportunity for our leadership to get involved with the Air Force.” In addition to the Luncheon image1 smallkeynote speaker, we heard from our guests Mr. Neal Witherspoon and Ms. Amoy Jones, a local Virginia High School student and Club President at the Aviation Academy. We learned about the Aviation Academy, their work on STEM projects and their partnership with NASA. We are working to build a relationship with the Aviation Academy over the next few months.

In November we stepped outside of the box a bit and held our meeting at Vintner’s Winery and restaurant, a great venue. Our guest speaker was Dr. Albert Mitchum, Foreign Policy Advisor to ACC. He provided an overview of the challenges the US Air Force faces in so many places around the world. We gained insight into current global trends, the impact of globalization, and the polarization and power shifts that are happening today. It was an exceptional presentation and a good review of the challenges facing our Air Force and our nation.

Luncheon image2 smallWrapping up the quarterly luncheon series in December our guest speaker was Mr. Ken Bray, Deputy ACC A2. His presentation was titled Data Analysis for the Air Force and the ISR Enterprise. He made the point that the Air Force has remained reliant on manual analysis and exploitation processes despite the vast increase in data collection. The Air Force is now behind the national intelligence community in data analytics and ACC is beginning to explore ways to improve capabilities in that area. He stressed the importance of how statistics and decisions work best when you have a lot of data, but that data needs to be accessible. Effective exploitation is driven by data which is why the research into data analytics is so critical in the ISR enterprise. It was an interesting insight into the ISR world and gave a good perspective from the A2 perspective.

The Langley AFA Chapter is already working the Winter/Spring Luncheon line up, and will begin on January 19, 2017 with Former ACC Commander, General (Ret) Richard Hawley as our speaker – don’t miss out!

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