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The Loyal Wingman

May 11, 2020

By Dr. Michael Kane

Boeing Corporation and The Royal Australian Air force unveiled the first artificial intelligence-controlled (AI) unmanned fighter-like jet called the “Loyal Wingman.” Officials say that the Loyal Wingman will, in coordination with manned fighter aircraft, accompany and protect them in battle; or to serve as forward-facing reconnaissance and early defense assets. The Loyal Wingman will enable the air force to protect its manned aircraft and to project greater air power.

The keynote speaker at this year’s annual Dayton School of Business banquet was Andrew Coleman ’98, Chief Commercial Officer for GE Aviation’s digital business. Andrew spoke about some guiding principles that his team uses to manage and lead their business. He said everyone on his team sees themselves as a wingman and described the role of the wingman was to support, enhance, and protect each other in the competitive marketplace. He said, we are all wingmen – even the CEO is number two to someone. In fact, everyone in business reports to someone else and is responsible for contributing to the success of that person. Having the perspective of a wingman leads us to make decision and take actions that are mutually beneficial, and in the interest of others and the greater good.

Jesus said in response to the request of James and John to sit in the places of honor on each side of Jesus’s throne in heaven, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45, NLT).

Let us see our role in the marketplace as a loyal wingman who brings integrity, selflessness, and a humble witness to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.