The call to wean the nation off petroleum has been consistent. As we develop and implement alternative fuels, Navy-Air Force interoperability holds the key to success. Aside from the Navy's primary ship platforms, we also use large numbers of aircraft: fighters, attack, cargo, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare. Both the Navy and Air Force use the C-130, and recently the two services signed a joint memorandum to streamline acquisition of the Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle. Working together to test and certify alternative aviation fuels will add tremendous value to our joint capabilities.
To learn basic flying skills, Air Force and Navy pilots train together at Corpus Christi and Pensacola, and advanced skills are honed at events such as Red Flag. Within the next few years, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter will be fielded and ultimately become the primary multi-role fighter for both services.