Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Defense Team

Arlington, VA (February 28, 2021) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Defense Team by Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and Douglas A. Birkey Executive Director of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

The Biden administration faces an array of security challenges that are as great as those faced by the United States at any time in our nation’s history. These challenges are compounded by declining budgets, aging military platforms, and a U.S. military that is overworked after two decades of unrelenting global operations. Whatever circumstances the Biden administration encounters over the next four years, it will require robust air and space capabilities. The Biden administration should endeavor to immediately relieve the strain on America’s air and space power forces, and this policy paper outlines four key recommendations to achieve this.

The Mitchell Institute Policy Papers is a series presenting new thinking and policy proposals to respond to the emerging security and aerospace power challenges of the 21st century. These papers are written for lawmakers and their staffs, policy professionals, business and industry, academics, journalists, and the informed public.

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