by Lee Casillas
Headquarters Air Combat Command Public Affairs
12/16/2015 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Gen.
Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, visited the Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore California recently. He
reviewed technologies offering potential enhancements to ACC mission
Carlisle's visit allowed him to see developing technologies designed to
enhance air superiority, global integration of information, surveillance
and reconnaissance, personnel recovery and command and control. LLNL is
a federally funded research and development center designed to tie
industry, academia, scientists and government. Since 1952, LLNL has
offered potential scientific solutions to emerging needs.
"Rapid changes in technology continue to change the face of global
security, so we need to explore innovations that can help us design the
force of the future," Carlisle said. "Our ability to integrate emerging
technology into ACC operations quickly assures the Air Force that
follows us is better than it is today."
During the visit, Carlisle toured the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
and the Terrascale High Performance computing facility. He was briefed
on defense department advancements across ACC mission needs as well as
energy and laser developments.
"LLNL develops expertise in new technology. They have a history of
providing significantly useful tools once mature. I explore to see if
ACC can use these new technologies now in infant stages," said Col.
Peter Ford, Carlisle's liaison to the director of LLNL.
"If ACC can make use of it, fly it supersonic, or apply it to our
mission needs...we do not need more delay. There are timely, innovative
solutions here," said Ford.
In addition to finding technologies enhancing ACC missions, another goal
of the collaboration with LLNL is examining how industry and research
practices might help Airmen use ACC capabilities more efficiently.
This ACC collaboration ties innovation efforts at LLNL with the Air
Force Research Laboratory, the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency, Defense Industrial Partners and the Defense Innovation Unit
experiment (DIUx). These agencies and many others are pursuing timely
solutions to warfighter needs.
Ford, an experienced group commander and combat leader, works as the ACC
liaison providing mission perspectives and requirements to LLNL and
many of these other organizations.
"My primary job in this endeavor is to pioneer a fresh perspective into what innovation offers," he said.