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Fighting the Air Base: Ensuring Decisive Combat Sortie Generation Under Enemy Fire

Arlington, VA | July 11, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Fighting the Air Base: Ensuring Decisive Combat Sortie Generation Under Enemy Fire by J. Michael Dahm, Senior Resident Fellow for Aerospace and China Studies. U.S. Air Force commanders must be prepared to fight their frontline air bases like any other weapon system. This report details why air bases must have the capacity
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The Significance of Air Superiority: The Ukraine-Russia War

Arlington, VA | July 2, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, The Significance of Air Superiority: The Ukraine-Russia War by Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Insitute for Aerospace Studies, and Dr. Christopher Bowie, Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The conduct of the war in Ukraine to date has been a lesson in two distinct
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An Operational Perspective on the Ethics of the Use of Autonomous Weapons

Arlington, VA | June 11, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies announces a new entry in its Forum Paper series, An Operational Perspective on the Ethics of the Use of Autonomous Weapons, by Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. This essay, originally published by the Cambridge University Press in their Journal of Ethics & International Affairs, takes an operational perspective to examine the role that
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Digital Engineering: Accelerating the Defense Acquisition & Development Cycle in an Era of Strategic Competition

Arlington, VA | May 22, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Digital Engineering: Accelerating the Defense Acquisition & Development Cycle in an Era of Strategic Competition by Heather Penney, Senior Resident Fellow, with Brian Morra, Non-Resident Visiting Fellow. Today’s Department of the Air Force is in crisis and faces severe capability and capacity shortfalls across nearly every mission area. Despite the need to
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Are Guardians Warfighters?

Arlington, VA | May 16, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies announces a new entry in its Forum Paper series, Are Guardians Warfighters?, by Col Charles Galbreath, USSF (Ret.), Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE). This position paper was submitted as part of a debate paper series from The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS). The debate paper series features essays
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Space: The Digital Frontier

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the publication of its submission to the 2023 Air Power Journal for the Dubai International Air Chiefs’ Conference (DIACC), titled Space: The Digital Frontier, and authored by Senior Fellow for Spacepower Studies Charles Galbreath. Space operations are dependent on digital technologies for every command sent and bit of data received. The United States Space Force intends to embrace this dependency and integrate digital tools across
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The Need for Collaborative Combat Aircraft for Disruptive Air Warfare

Arlington, VA | February 6, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Research Studies series, The Need for Collaborative Combat Aircraft for Disruptive Air Warfare by Col Mark Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.), Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, with Maj Gen Lawrence A. Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), Director of Research, and Bill Sweetman. Projecting decisive military power to distant theaters has long relied on the Air Force’s ability
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The Quantum Advantage: Why it Matters and Essential Next Steps

Arlington, VA | January 30, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is proud to announce three new Policy Papers in a series on quantum capabilities for national security applications by Heather R. Penney, Senior Resident Fellow. Quantum information science and technology (QIST) is a major focus of defense innovation, yet few in the defense community really understand what is needed to mature these technologies into valuable warfighter capabilities. U.S. policymakers often jump to
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