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Innovation is key to stabilizing the Pacific

Gen. Hawk Carlisle speaks to an audience at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Carlisle gave an update on current Pacific Air Forces strategy to include the need to increase theater security cooperation, integrated air and missle defense, power projection and agile, flexible command and control. Carlisle is the commander of the Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air  Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle speaks to an audience at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Carlisle gave an update on current Pacific Air Forces strategy to include the need to increase theater security cooperation, integrated air and missle defense, power projection and agile, flexible command and control. Carlisle is the commander of the Pacific Air Forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle speaks about the need for seizing opportunities for innovation during his presentation about the at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Carlisle's presentation described how PACAF's Airmen overcome obstacles by implimenting creative, innovative, transformative processes to find lasting solutions to problems by using existing technology in creative new ways. Carlisle is the commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff and will soon be the commander of Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle speaks about the need for seizing opportunities for innovation during his presentation about the at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington D.C. Carlisle's presentation described how PACAF's Airmen overcome obstacles by implimenting creative, innovative, transformative processes to find lasting solutions to problems by using existing technology in creative new ways. Carlisle is the commander, Pacific Air Forces; air component commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff and will soon be the commander of Air Combat Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle delivers a speech at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Carlisle discussed the strategic challenges facing the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and the resulting impact to air, space and cyberspace.  Carlisle is the commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff. (U.S. Air  Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

Gen. Hawk Carlisle delivers a speech at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Carlisle discussed the strategic challenges facing the Indo-Asia-Pacific theater and the resulting impact to air, space and cyberspace. Carlisle is the commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component commander, U.S. Pacific Command; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The only way to continue forward is through innovation, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of the Pacific Air Forces Command, said during a speech at the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Washington D.C., Sept. 16.

“You need only look at the papers or the news today and everybody realizes the world that we face in respect to adversaries and challenges,” Carlisle said. “The way to get through this is through innovation.”

The PACAF strategy is a three-pronged approach of expanding engagement, increasing combat capability and improving warfighter integration to satisfy the needs and requirements from the U.S. and its allies.

“It’s not earth-shattering,” Carlisle said. “But it’s the kinds of things we do day in and day out in support of the [combatant commander] out in the Pacific to get the mission done that he’s asking us to do.”

The general noted challenges, but also the new and different ways PACAF Airmen are meeting those challenges.

“Today we have significantly more mission than we have money, manpower or time,” Carlisle said. “I want every Pacific Airman to go and do the next most important thing for the warfighter, not the next thing in his inbox.”

He explained that thinking about tactics, techniques and procedures in a different way, and using existing equipment in a different way, helps meet the challenges of an every-changing fiscal and geopolitical environment.

“We owe that to the American people, that the very next dollar we spend is an increase in combat capability for our force,” Carlisle said. “We have a moral obligation to this nation to produce the very best Air Force we can produce, given the resources they give us.”
He highlighted stories of PACAF Airmen, who are leading the charge with innovative ideas and dedication to the mission.

“Our resilient Airmen are absolutely incredible,” he said. “We don’t have enough of them, but they are amazing. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure we’re taking care of our Airmen. They’re the ones who make the mission happen, they’re the ones who are going to make us successful, they’re the ones who are going to innovate and find ways to solve the problems that we have.”

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