Integrated Review and the development of the Next Generation Air Force
This session, delivered by Air Marshal Andrew Turner, Deputy Commander (Capability), will outline and discuss what the Integrated Review means for the RAF’s future capability, and how it has set a course which will allow it to invest in the modernisation needed to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. He will describe how this change is being cohered under the banner of Programme ASTRA which articulates a vision for what the RAF will look like in 2030 and charts a path to get there. A key tenet of ASTRA is to improve the lived experience of RAF’s people, their training and their ways of working. Recent progress includes:
- Enhancing our offer to personnel through modern, flexible working options and accommodation models that allow more freedom of choice while demonstrating our commitment to the wellbeing of our people.
- Establishing a network of 1,000 Astra Ambassadors across every RAF Station to encourage conceptual thinking and support the growth of grassroots ideas.
- Integrating more online and virtual reality modules in our training courses, including cutting-edge synthetic training to help significantly reduce the time it takes for personnel to reach the front line. This brings additional benefits, including substantially reduced costs and less environmental impact.
- Launching a 10-year infrastructure plan to upgrade accommodation and facilities, so they are fit for the Next Generation Air Force. This supports our ambition to achieve Net Zero 50 by constructing sustainable buildings with accurate energy monitoring, real-time energy consumption and the identification and elimination of wasted energy.