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Are we at the beginning of a new era in airpower? Yes, says this Air Force general

So says this general.

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So says this general.

“In acceleration, temperature, endurance, multiplicity of functions, courage, and many other pilot requirements, we are reaching human limits. Machines have greater endurance, will stand more ambient conditions, will perform more functions accurately, will dive into targets without hesitation.”

Pop quiz: Who said it, and when?

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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