Top Air Force leaders gather at Wright-Patt


The Air Force’s top leadership brass was at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this week in an annual closed-door gathering known as Corona Top.

Air Force officials were tight lipped on the meeting this year,set to end Thursday, but the event focused on strategy, acquisition, science and technology and innovation, according to Air Force spokesman Michael Martin.

Wright-Patterson is a key hub for the Air Force as headquarters for the Air Force Materiel Command and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

“Wright Patterson Air Force Base is a logical venue because so much of the needed expertise is resident there,” said Loren B. Thompson, a Virginia-based defense industry consultant. “Some insiders consider Wright-Patt the best base that the Air Force owns.

Thompson said the issues debated behind closed doors likely included “plans for ‘multi-domain’ warfare that require coordinated Air Force operations in the air, in space, and on the electromagnetic spectrum; concern about growing threats to U.S. space systems; and the status of major developmental programs such as a new tanker and bomber.”

Maurice McDonald, Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president of aerospace and defense, said having the future of the Air Force strategized at Wright-Patterson makes sense.

“Many of the missions of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are about the future of the Air Force and that truly corresponds to the activities at Corona,” he said.

The event draws, which draws heavily on support from the base, was at Wright-Patterson in 1999, 2003 and every year since 2006.

FIVE QUICK MILITARY READS

Air Force researchers show off groundbreaking technologies

Wright-Patterson to get new base commander

Senate defense bill has $66 million less for Wright-Patt project than House version

Military base water safety questions remain as fight for study continues

‘It took my breath away,’ Memphis Belle unveiled at AF museum



Reader Comments


Next Up in Military

3 reasons Wright-Patterson is top choice for F-35 program
3 reasons Wright-Patterson is top choice for F-35 program

The process of bringing the F-35 Lightning II Hybrid Product Support Integrator organization to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will likely start within months, a senator told the Dayton Daily News. Sen. Rob Portman, R- Ohio, said the consolidation of the current F-35 program could start within the next few months. The current F-35 HPSI organization...
5 interesting facts about new director of Air Force museum
5 interesting facts about new director of Air Force museum

A new director has been appointed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Former Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, David Tillotson III, was recently appointed as the director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Tillotson replaces Mr. Jack Hudson who retired on Oct. 5, after serving...
Portman: New jobs move to WPAFB over next few months 
Portman: New jobs move to WPAFB over next few months 

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Friday new jobs could begin moving to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base within the next few months after a new mission was awarded to the base. The mission, formally called the “F-35 Lightening II Hybrid Product Support Integrator” is described in a written statement from the Air Force as “integrated support...
Changes coming to F-35 demonstration team for 2019 air show season
Changes coming to F-35 demonstration team for 2019 air show season

The F-35 Heritage Flight Team will change to the F-35 Demonstration Team for the 2019 air show season. A new 13 minute-long profile will highlight the F-35A Lightning II’s numerous capabilities to include speed, agility, and high-g turning. “The past year’s demonstration was sort of like an ‘appetizer’ if you will,&rdquo...
Rep. Mike Turner to Trump: Cuts to defense spending would be ‘disastrous’
Rep. Mike Turner to Trump: Cuts to defense spending would be ‘disastrous’

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and other House members are urging President Trump to uphold the administration’s commitment of $733 billion for the Department of Defense. Turner, who chairs the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, led House members in signing a letter to Trump as the administration finalizes the...
More Stories