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Press Release – Royal Air Force Leadership Visits the Mitchell Institute

Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton, and his delegation attend a discussion with Mitchell Institute fellows and experts on April 17, 2024. Arlington, Virginia | April 17, 2024 On April 17, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies was honored to host Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Knighton, Royal Air Force (RAF) Chief of the Air Staff. Discussion topics included RAF modernization, NATO interoperability, and allied cooperation. These topics and others will be the focus of
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Press Release – The Swedish Air Force visits the Mitchell Institute

Arlington, Virginia | April 10, 2024 On April 9, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies team hosted the Air Chief of the Swedish Air Force Maj Gen Jonas Wikman and a delegation of his senior Swedish Air Force leadership. The discussion covered Sweden’s accession to NATO, its Nordic Air Power Concept, interoperability, and other areas of cooperation that will be the focus of an upcoming Aerospace Advantage podcast episode. The Mitchell Institute is proud to
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Press Release – Jennifer Reeves joins the Mitchell Institute Team as Senior Fellow for Space Studies

Arlington, Virginia | March 25, 2024 The Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Reeves has joined our team as a Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies. The expansion of the MI-SPACE team demonstrates Mitchell Institute’s commitment to furthering the understanding of spacepower within the national security enterprise. Jen Reeves is a retired United States Air Force Colonel, who previously served as the Chief of Program Integration, Headquarters
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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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Human Machine Teaming: The Intelligence Cycle Reimagined

Arlington, VA | January 22, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies announces a new entry in its Forum Paper series, Human Machine Teaming: The Intelligence Cycle Reimagined, by Lt Gen Dash Jamieson, USAF (Ret.). As the U.S. intelligence community (IC) plays its role in assessing both opportunities and challenges related to the problem of “too much information,” it must question some of its most foundational elements. Specifically, the relevance of today’s IC and the
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Securing Cislunar Space and the First Island Off the Coast of Earth

Reaching the Moon was once a powerful statement of America’s prowess and global leadership, with huge strategic implications that played out during the Cold War. Today, there is a new race to the Moon and the surrounding region that will establish a precedent for both activities on Earth and further into space.
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Winds of Change: Environmental Monitoring for an Era of Peer Competition

Arlington, VA | November 20, 2023 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Winds of Change: Environmental Monitoring for an Era of Peer Competition by Lt Col (Ret.) Tim Ryan, Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute’s Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE). Weather has always played an important role in military operations and will prove even more vital in
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Accelerating 5th Generation Airpower: Bringing Capability and Capacity to the Merge

Arlington, VA | June 29, 2023 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Accelerating 5th Generation Airpower: Bringing Capability and Capacity to the Merge by Lt Gen Joseph Guastella, USAF (Ret.), Senior Fellow at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies; Douglas Birkey, Executive Director of the Mitchell Institute; and Lt Col Eric Gunzinger, USAF (Ret.). The Air Force faces a severe fighter aircraft
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Building U.S. Space Force Counterspace Capabilities: An Imperative for America’s Defense

Arlington, VA | June 26, 2023 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Research Studies series, Building U.S. Space Force Counterspace Capabilities: An Imperative for America’s Defense by Charles Galbreath, Senior Resident Fellow for Space Studies at the Mitchell Institute.  Space is on the front line of America’s strategic competition with China. Capabilities in this domain are essential to the U.S. military’s ability to deter threats
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