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Squadron’s ‘atomic leadership style’ could become a model for the Air Force | Air Force Times
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr

Squadron’s ‘atomic leadership style’ could become a model for the Air Force | Air Force Times

The U-2 is one of the Air Force’s oldest aircraft, having been flown since the 1950s, but the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron here isn’t waiting for the Pentagon to improve the venerable spy plane.

Instead, the squadron’s pilots, maintainers and mission planners have taken procurement into their own hands, and regularly chat with Silicon Valley companies about new commercial technologies that can make them better informed and more effective.

Dragon Lady pilots here wear pressurized space suits because their aircraft fly so high — but they now also wear Garmin watches and bring commercial tablets into the cockpit with them.

The combat system officers responsible for mission planning, navigation and sensor preparation — all challenging tasks due to the rapidly changing nature of the battlefield and the sophistication of the U-2’s sensors — will soon have new state-of-the-art computers to help synthesize data.

Source: Squadron’s ‘atomic leadership style’ could become a model for the Air Force | Air Force Times