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Col Orr on the Coming of the F-35 to the USMC


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Col. Mike Orr, the CO of VMX-22, recently attended The Williams Foundation conference held by the RAAF on the evolution of 21st century air combat capabilities. He focused on the work the UMSC was doing to shape an integrative force under the influence of disruptive change.

He followed the only Aussie F-22 pilot and then a presentation by his fellow Marine, Lt. Col. Berke, the only operational F-22 and F-35 pilot in the world.

This unique experience of three operators discussing the present and the future had a powerful impact It left the cubical commandos behind and clearly was well received by the Royal Australian Air Force officers in attendance, and there were many of them, as well The Chief of Staff of the RAAF began the conference with a thoughtful look at the way ahead.

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Col Orr on the Coming of the F-35 to the USMC

  1. 1. MARINE AVIATION 5th Generation Capability Integration 11 March 2014 Colonel Michael R. Orr CO, VMX-22
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  3. 3. 3 RAAF-USMC Common Challenges •  Advanced Technology Integration •  Joint & Combined Operations •  Financial Constraints
  4. 4. 4 3 Big Trends in USMC Aviation •  Disruptive Technology Introduction •  Unmanned Aviation Integration •  Improved Digital Interoperability
  5. 5. 5 Computer Example •  Impressive Technology •  Not well integrated •  Proprietary Software
  6. 6. 6 True Integration?
  7. 7. 7 F-35 Opportunities •  Enhanced Situational Awareness •  Decentralized Command and Control •  Cooperative Engagement
  8. 8. 8 F-35 Challenges •  Security Environment •  Information Assurance •  Backwards Compatability
  9. 9. 9 USMC Approach
  10. 10. 10 Recommendations •  Highlight F-35 contributions to Joint & Combined operations •  Plan for increased security requirements •  Provide improved Situational Awareness to the lowest tactical level
  11. 11. Discussion and Questions