Academy plays central role in developing tomorrow’s STEM leaders

A recent article in Forbes noted the highest percentage of people in leadership positions with science, technology, engineering and math degrees and control huge organization aren’t CEOs, which might be who the reader might expect - it’s four-star generals in the military. Devin Cate, the director of the Air Force’s Test and Evaluation directorate, said that trend is likely to continue as leaders at all levels of the military prepare for a complex 21st century battlespace. We need to create a community of young engineers and scientists focused on cybersecurity, energy delivery and electronic communications, Cate said. Airmen will have to be comfortable operating advanced weapon systems or working in a command and control center, and they will need that strong technical background.

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