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Gen. David Goldfein: Air Force Sets Sights on Digital Foundation

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David Goldfein
David Goldfein

Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff and a previous Wash100 Award winner, said the service plans to use a chunk of its fiscal 2021 budget to establish the digital foundation, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.

“If you want to get artificial intelligence, if you want to get hypersonics to work, if you want to go into defendable space, if you want to get directed energy where it needs to go, you can’t skip the step of building a digital architecture and getting a common data cloud architecture going forward,” he said at an Air Force Association event in Washington D.C. 

Goldfein said the Air Force will make a $9 billion investment in cloud and digital architecture in the next five years. The report said the service branch will also allocate in the next five years $9B in funds to pursue the development of offensive and defensive space capabilities as part of its digital initiative.