When Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, visited the U.S. military’s air operations center here as part of a tour of U.S. bases in the Middle East, he was shocked to discover the Air Force used a 7-ft. dry-erase board to plan the elaborate daily process of refueling aircraft involved in the campaign against Islamic State militants. “He saw the whiteboard, and his jaw dropped,” says Capt. Gary Olkowski, air refueling control team deputy chief at the ...

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