Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has called on the Defense Department to invest more in training programs in order to prepare flight crews for a “high-end fight” against enemies with robust aerial defenses, the Air Force Times reported Tuesday.
James described high-end fight as a type of engagement in which airmen encounter ground-based adversaries equipped with integrated air defense platforms and surface-to-air missiles, Phillip Swarts writes.
“We have not been tested in the real world for such a fight for quite some time,” she said at a Bloomberg Government-hosted event.
James noted that the current operational tempo poses a challenge to the training of airmen and airwomen, according to the report.
“You have to free up your people to get away from the work of today and you’ve got to get them through this training pipeline,” she said.
“They’re so dog-gone busy in the Middle East or the Pacific or doing the reassurance in Europe.”