Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force‘s chief of staff, spoke before an audience at a Military Strategy Forum event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington to discuss topics such as staff readiness priorities, 21st century warfare approaches and the nuclear enterprise.
The Air Force said Friday Goldfein told attendees the budget is the first priority for the service branch because of a need to increase the size of Air Force units for current and future requirements.
“The number one readiness priority is people… People run the Air Force — whether enlisted, officer, active duty, Guard or Reserve—people operate the equipment, pilot aircraft, collect information and get the mission done,” said Goldfein.
Goldfein also gave his perspective on the impact of airpower in combat and also discussed the potential utilization of the nuclear enterprise and its effect on air superiority.
Goldfein seeks for the Air Force to build up its cyber, nuclear enterprise and space capacities as well as increase the size of the service branch’s forces to meet requirements for future missions.