It is early morning on Memorial Day in the United States. It rained last night and it is surprisingly cool. On mornings like this a ribbon of mist hangs over the river a quarter of a mile to the north. The fog snakes its way through the valley like a river suspended in the air. Sitting on the back porch sipping coffee I can hear an axis buck snorting in the trees to the east. It is going to be a great day.
Anyone who says innovation is dead is not paying attention to the incredible advances in technology that is happening faster and faster, right before our eyes.
The differences in a generation of systems was demonstrated clearly to me this past week at the Air Force’s National Security Forum at the Air War College where I was invited to participate as a fellow. The theme of the event was “winding down after more than a decade of war.” The innovation that the U.S. Air Force has poured into their aircraft, weapons, and networks over the past ten years is mind boggling.