General CQ Brown introduced the idea of “agile combat employment” and the doctrine of “Accelerate Change or Lose.”
Gen. CQ Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, stands in a German Air Force hangar after flying a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on July 11, 2022. PHOTO BY MONIKA SKOLIMOWSKA/PICTURE ALLIANCE VIA GETTY IMAGES
Praised for his transformative leadership in the Pacific, Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown has been chosen by President Biden to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bringing his extensive knowledge of China to the highest military position. If confirmed by the Senate, Brown, who became the first Black American to lead a U.S. military branch in 2020, will succeed Army Gen. Mark Milley as chairman. Biden formally announced his nomination at the White House and highlighted Brown’s respected operational leadership and strategic acumen. Brown’s track record includes introducing the “agile combat employment” concept and the “Accelerate Change or Lose” doctrine, which align with the Air Force’s efforts to modernize and address challenges from China. As chairman, Brown would navigate increasing tensions with China, the war in Ukraine, and the potential budget cuts affecting the military. The nomination comes amid ongoing efforts to address racial inequality in the armed forces, with Brown actively working to promote diversity and inclusivity. The announcement also paves the way for a new Air Force Chief of Staff, with Gen. Jacqueline Van Ovost and Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach being considered as potential candidates.