Gen. John Hyten: DoD Needs to Speed Up Reforms in Space, Data, Software Development

John Hyten
John Hyten

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said the Department of Defense needs to accelerate its modernization and reform efforts to maintain its deterrence advantage, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Hyten said Wednesday at an Air Force Association event that space is one of the domains where speed matters and cited the need for DoD to identify the workforce and funding needs of the newly established Space Force.

He said the Air Force has led the creation of the Joint All-Domain Command and Control program and discussed how data integration plays a crucial role in that initiative.

“If you have all of the data, then artificial intelligence is actually possible,” Hyten said. “If you don’t have the data, artificial intelligence is not possible. If we get the data piece right, then everything will move forward.”

Hyten also mentioned software development and classification as other areas that require speedy reform.

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