Gen. Charles Brown

U.S. President Joe Biden announces his intent to nominate Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House May 25, 2023 in Washington, DC. Brown is currently serving as the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff. If confirmed by the Senate, Brown would be the second African-American man, after Colin Powell, to hold the position of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the most senior military adviser to the president. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Gen. Brown, evangelist for a more digital military, officially tapped to be next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

If confirmed by the Senate, Brown would succeed Gen. Mark Milley as the top officer in the United States armed forces.
Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions flight load an AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during an integrated combat turn training event at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 3, 2021. The AIM-120D AMRAAM has been used in service since 1991, and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

More drones, more problems? The Air Force needs additional missiles for collaborative combat aircraft

SASC Chairman Sen. Jack Reed said fielding these types of uncrewed systems "would compound our missile problem."
The Variable In-flight Simulator Aircraft (VISTA) flies in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base, California, shortly after receiving its new paint scheme in early 2019. The aircraft was redesignated from NF-16D to the X-62A, June 14, 2021. F-16 AI agents developed under DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program controlled the X-62A during test flights over Edwards AFB, California, in December 2022. (Air Force photo by Christian Turner)

AI agents take control of modified F-16 fighter jet

DARPA's air combat evolution program aims to advance the Pentagon’s autonomous systems capabilities as the U.S. military pursues robotic wingmen and other drones.
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown, Jr., addresses the audience during the Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee Leadership Award ceremony at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Md., Jan 27, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andy Morataya)

Air Force chief contemplating new ‘tech track’ and military occupational specialties for data experts

The desire to improve talent management comes as the U.S. military seeks to up its game in how it leverages data at the tactical edge for Joint…
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., speaks with Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, during a trilateral meeting that also included Gen. Stéphane Mille, French Air and Space Force Chief of Staff, at RAF Fairford, England, July 15, 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eugene Oliver)

Air Force eyeing potential allied contributions of robotic wingmen

Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown sees unmanned collaborative combat aircraft as the wave of the future.
An XQ-58A Valkyrie low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle launches at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Dec. 9, 2020. The flight successfully demonstrated the ability of new communications data to exchange information with an F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King)

Air Force considering wide range of options to team robotic wingmen with other platforms

The Air Force plans to develop “collaborative combat aircraft” in the coming years and link them with crewed systems.
Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Air Force
Gen. Charles Q. Brown speaks during the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) assumption of command ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 26, 2018. (U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders)

Air Force looking for ways to make ABMS more affordable, compatible

The Air Force is pursuing a new Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) architecture to better link sensors and shooters.