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Leadership Transformation

Embracing Inspiring Change in an AI-Driven World

As the combat cloud is actualized as an operating paradigm, the Joint Force will process immense amounts of data and information rapidly. Data and information will be not only the most coveted tools for achieving mission success but the greatest weapons in themselves. Information management and force connectivity will become key mission priorities underpinning the ability of the Joint Force to quickly and seamlessly transition between low intensity, permissive conflicts to high intensity, contested, multi-domain operations. Within this future operating paradigm, the embedded application of AI across the planning and operations cycles will be vital for allowing the Joint Force to operate inside the observe, orient, decide and act (OODA) loop of adversarial decision-making, maneuvers and effects.

The dynamics of command and control and the mission command will be fundamentally altered as planning and operations processes are evolved with increasing levels of automation and the accelerating absorption of autonomous systems into force structures. Communications between the ranks will become more fluid and more rapid but also less frequent as the Joint Force becomes a self-synchronizing system-of-systems – man, machine, manned, unmanned, autonomous, sensors and effects – operating across the operational domains. This new way of warfare will need transformational leaders to embrace and inspire change in an AI-driven world where decision-making is delegated to the lowest levels possible. New ways and means of working and operating will be needed to cultivate warfighters that can think, fight and win across height, breadth and depth of future battlespaces.

11th Edition

Schedule at-a-Glance

09:30 - 10:50

Leadership in the information age

  • Addressing the Leadership Challenges: Preparing Airmen for a High Technology Operational Environment
  • The Changing Character of Warfare: Preparing Future Leaders for an Information and Data-Centric World
  • Developing Information Leaders: Embracing Change in an AI-Driven World

11:55 - 12:30

Development - Education, Equipment, and Training

  • Optimizing the Decision-Making Process: Leveraging Emerging Capabilities to Overcome the C2 Challenges
  • Analyzing the Manpower Requirements: Manned-Unmanned Teaming and Its Implications on Future Force Planning
  • Embracing AI to Accelerate Fighting Force Effectiveness

12:55 - 14:25

Manpower - Recruiting And Retaining Talent

  • Redefining Civil-Military Partnerships: The Private Sector Role in Unleashing Innovation, Talent, and Skills in Air Power
  • Addressing the Future Threat: Cultivating the New Cadre of Specialists Required in Fifth-Generation Air Power
  • The Impact of Space and AI on Future Military Requirements


The Global Stage for Air Power Leaders


Stéphane Mille

Chief of Staff
French Air and Space Force

Lieutenant General
Luca Goretti

Chief of Staff
Italian Air Force


Major General Staff Pilot
Ibrahim Naser Al Alawi

UAE Air Force & Air Defence

Air Vice Marshal
Glen Braz

Air Commander
Royal Australian Air Force

Lieutenant General
Alexus G. Grynkewich

U.S. Air Force Central Command

H.E. Salem Butti Salem Al Qubaisi

Director General
UAE Space Agency

Lauren Knausenberger

Former Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Air Force

Air Marshal
Radhakrishnan Radhish

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
Training Command
Indian Air Force

Major General
Hiroaki Sakanashi

Director General
Planning and Policy Department
Japan Air Self-Defense Force


Dr. Sherrill Lingel

Force Modernization and Employment
RAND Project Air Force


Gary North

Vice President
Customer Requirements – Aeronautics
Lockheed Martin Corporation


Jon Norman

Vice President, Air Power Requirements & Capabilities, Raytheon Missiles & Defense,
Raytheon Technologies


Heidi Grant

Business Development - Defense, Space & Security, Global Services, Boeing

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