The Air Force Chief of Staff has issued a dire warning about accelerating change or losing.

“We must accelerate change now, while we have a unique-but limited-window of opportunity,” said the message from CSAF Gen. Charles Brown, Jr. “Only through collaboration within and throughout will we succeed.”

It’s a sentiment echoed in a statement by Air Force Global Strike Command Commander Gen. Timothy Ray: “By developing new methods and using new tools in new ways, we guarantee that our force will not only remain relevant, but will outpace the competition on every front.”

Gen. Ray continued, “By emphasizing teams and innovation, we will achieve the dual goal of encouraging our Airmen to view themselves beyond the individual, as well as exhibiting the command’s dedication to an innovation culture.”

You can read Gen. Brown’s message by downloading the file here: