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Meet the 4 Jets the US Air Force Wants to Fight Future Wars

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The first F-35 is delivered to the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona Friday, November 16, 2012. Photo By Molly Hauxwell/Lockheed Martin.

In September, two of the Air Force’s highest-ranking officers warned that the service was running out of time to develop the new assets and capabilities it needs to stay ahead of emerging threats.

Gen. Charles Brown Jr., the Air Force chief of staff, called for the service to “move with a sense of urgency” in response to strategic competition with China, which he called “one of our nation’s greatest challenges.”

“We cannot wait for a catastrophic crisis, whether it be sudden or insidious, to drive change for the Air Force and the Joint Force. If we do, it will be too late,” Brown said at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber conference.

Lt. Gen. Clinton Hinote, the deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration, and requirements, echoed that concern, telling the conference he was “very concerned about the direction of our force.”

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Benjamin Brimelow Ben Brimelow is an intern for Business Insider's Military and Defense unit.