Lt. Gen. Warren Berry, deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection at the U.S. Air Force, said the service is looking at the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program as an option to meet the need for carrying out agile airlift operations in a time of war, Defense News reported Thursday.
“That’s something that we’ll certainly look at, but we know that we need to do lift in a different way,” Berry said of the FVL program at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies-hosted event Thursday.
Another option Berry mentioned is Agility Prime, an initiative that seeks to explore the capability of “flying cars” that could be used to transport troops and perform logistics and search-and-rescue missions. He said the Air Force is working with the joint counter-small unmanned aircraft systems office led by the Army to protect U.S. military bases from small drones.
“That’s going to be a demand signal on this force moving forward that we’re going to have to really think through and make sure that we have them [airmen] resourced appropriately to execute that part of the air base air defense mission as well,” Berry added.