A “Check Engine” Light to Accelerate Change: 21st Century Approaches for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness

ARLINGTON, VA | June 30, 2021 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Mitchell Forum short paper series, A “Check Engine” Light to Accelerate Change: 21st Century Approaches for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness by Major Stefan Katz, USAF. The Air Force and Space Force are aggressively striving to be more agile and affordable. This is a tough feat, since “agility” and “affordability” are not usually synonymous. The concept

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Press Release: Italian Air Force Vice Air Chief Visits AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

ARLINGTON, VA | June 24, 2021 AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted Italian Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Lt Gen Luca Goretti and Italian Air Defense Attaché Maj Gen Stefano Cont to share their views and priorities regarding resourcing the Italian Air Force (IAF) on June 24.      As a NATO member and international partner with the United States on the F-35 fighter program, the Italian Air Force is a critical U.S. ally. Generals

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Episode 27 – Guiding the Fight: Airborne Command and Control

Episode Summary In episode 27 of the Aerospace Advantage, Guiding the Fight: Airborne Command and Control, join battle manager Major Alex Wallis to explore why the information advantage is crucial at the tactical edge of the battle space. For decades, the E-3 AWACS and E-8 JSTARS have defined the command and control mission, their 707 airframes and huge radars are unmistakable icons. However, given the rapid evolution of technology in the information age, the way in which these

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Episode 23 – B-1 Flight Ops: Bad to the Bone

Episode Summary In episode 23 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast: B-1 Flight Ops: Bad to the Bone, Host John “Slick” Baum sits down with B-1 pilot Lt Col Mark “Moses” Kimball to discuss what it’s like to strap into an iconic bomber, roar down the runway, and execute a combat mission. No aircraft can match the record of the workhorse B-1, which has fought and flown non-stop over the past 20 years. In the wake

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Mitchell Institute Unveils New Website

Arlington, VA | June 3, 2021 | AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies launched a new website today, unveiling a platform that will better showcase its reports, podcasts, and video interviews with leading Air Force, Space Force, and other defense, government, and industry experts.  Amid multiplying demands for aerospace power forces, the need for deeply researched and informative insight has never been greater on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon. Mitchell studies and programs challenge

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USAF Should Adapt Industry Systems for Cyber Defense, Science Chief Says

Air Force Magazine | May 18, 2021 | The Air Force should use industry systems for cybersecurity, even the information highway that the Advanced Battle Management System will run on, because the infrastructure necessary isn’t within the service’s expertise and would require a culture and a workforce the Air Force doesn’t have, service Chief Scientist Victoria Coleman said.

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