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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Office
/ Published March 21, 2018
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee about the Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget March 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)
Problems with pilot retention can be tied directly back to sequester, Wilson said.
Savings Through Reform
The Army is looking into a number of initiatives to save taxpayers’ money, Esper said. One initiative being discussed, he said, could the Army save more than $1 billion annually by consolidating and rationalizing its contracting services.
The Navy secretary said he agreed with Esper’s philosophy on revising contracting rules. Changing the thought process and attitudes on how DoD performs contracting services, Spencer said, can help with cost savings.
One cost-saving area the Air Force has identified is using artificial intelligence tools for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance analysis, Wilson said.
“Right now, we have a lot intelligence analysis, a lot of people watching full-motion video. That’s not a good use of money, or time. And in that case, time is money,” she said.
(Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Ibarra, DOD News, contributed to this article)