Agile Combat Employment work by USAFE and by Pacific Air Forces may lead to a set of communications requirements service-wide.

ACC has said that “lead wings,” composed of squadrons from different locations under one commander, will train together to permit them to arrive in theater ready for battle.

The Air Force appears to be moving away from its past reliance on fixed bases, which present ready targets of opportunity for “near peer” adversaries, China and Russia, and toward agile combat employment-capable forces’ rapid deployment to expeditionary locations.

The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and NATO may have 450 Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation fighters by 2030, and European countries and the United States are discussing alignment between the U.S. sixth generation Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) family of systems and European efforts, including the Future Combat Air System (Defense Daily, June 9).

In April, Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of EUCOM, told Congress that his top priority is augmenting NATO capabilities for secure indications and warning and command and control systems, as Russia aims to proliferate advanced electronic warfare and drone swarming.