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The Mitchell Institute’s editorials, media articles featuring Mitchell expertise, and other content.

America’s Drone Programs Matter Today More Than Ever

The Hill | October 11, 2021 | Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula | Simply put, airborne ISR conducted by UAVs over Afghanistan is a national imperative. With the completion of the withdrawal, we are left all but blind without an aerial capability that can monitor and, if necessary, rapidly strike in this under-governed, terrorist haven. More than ever, it is critical that Congress and the Department of Defense recognize this imperative and resource operational UAV

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Survey Finds Nuclear Triad Modernization Has Bipartisan Support, Former Defense Official Reports

Government Matters | October 10, 2021 | Col (Ret.) Mark Gunzinger | Col (Ret.) Mark Gunzinger, director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, shared the results of a survey on voters sampled to mimic the 2020 election. The survey found 91 percent of respondents thought modernizing the United States’ nuclear deterrent system should be a priority for the Defense Department. The

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Press Release: Lt Gen Dave Deptula (Ret.), Dean of the Mitchell Institute, Speaks at the 2021 RAF Diaspora Conference

On October 6, 2021, Dean Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.) spoke at the annual Royal Air Force (RAF) Diaspora Conference, which brings together the RAF officers stationed to positions across the United States to work alongside U.S. Airmen, Guardians, and other service members and DOD civilians. Gen Deptula briefed the group of over 50 RAF officers on the importance of airpower and spacepower, and the critical role our air forces will play in

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Press Release: The Mitchell Institute receives the AFA Chairman’s Aerospace Education Achievement Award

On September 22, 2021, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies was awarded the AFA Chairman’s Aerospace Education Achievement Award. The award is for long-term commitment to aerospace education, making a significant impact across the nation. Accepting the award on behalf of the Institute was its Dean, Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.). The Mitchell Institute provides insightful, pragmatic advice to top leadership in the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and the international community of air and

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Press Release: Royal Australian Air Chief Visits AFA’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

ARLINGTON, VA | September 9, 2021On September 9, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies hosted aerospace power discussions with Air Marshall Mel Hupfeld, Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force. Also participating in the high-level exchange was Warrant Officer Fee Grasby, Warrant Officer of the Royal Australian Air Force. The partnership between the U.S. and Australian air forces spans the early days of airpower through world wars, far-ranging regional conflicts, and humanitarian and disaster relief

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