Ramstein, 11 March 2022 (TDI): NATO Air Chiefs and senior representatives from Allied Air Forces assembled at Allied Air Command on March 9 and 10, 2022 for the inaugural Air Chiefs’ Symposium to debate and share ideas on Air and Space Power, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine 

In light of Russia’s current war in Ukraine, the participants reviewed air actions within NATO’s strategic context and in support of the Euro-Atlantic Area’s sustained deterrence and defense.

General Jeff Harrigian, Commander of Allied Air Force, stated, “Our responsibility is to guarantee we protect the Alliance’s sovereignty.” In reaction to Russian aggression, NATO Air Power is leading the way.

To protect our borders, we have about 130 combat aircraft flying defensive air patrols, issuing quick response alarms, intelligence gathering, giving command and control, and doing fighter aircraft operations. He stated.

“This is a credit to your Air Forces’ professionalism, collaboration, and devotion to collective defense,” he added. General Tod Wolters, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, complimented all of the Air Chiefs for their excellent collaboration and praised the Air Domain’s flexibility and response in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

General Philippe Lavigne, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, ties modernization to digital transformation and the human resources aspect. “We need more innovation to update our capabilities, as well as our operations; this necessitates a shift in mindset in how we approach wartime development,” General Lavigne said.

“Furthermore, digital transformation is critical; a digitally transformed Alliance will provide improved spatial awareness, faster decision-making, and a stronger Alliance as a result of multi-domain operations.

Every individual should strive to become a data warrior, continually working to improve how we use data as a strategic advantage,” he added. Leaders of the French, German, Italian, Polish, and Romanian Air Forces gave updates on current issues in the realm of air and space power from their respective countries.

Senior enlisted leaders from Allied Partner got together on these occasions to talk about the future of their communities and how to effectively empower the enlisted corps.