Podcasts

Episode 178 — Airpower in Central Command: Leadership Update

In episode 178 of the Aerospace Advantage, Airpower in Central Command: Leadership Update, Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.) and Doug Birkey chat with 9th AF/ US Air Forces Central Command Commander Lt Gen Alexus “Grynch” Grynkewich. When the U.S. sunset large-scale military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, many assumed military forces in the region would largely be tasked elsewhere—especially the Indo-Pacific. However, adversaries like Iran and numerous proxy groups have continued to pursue acts of

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Episode 177 — Hypersonic Ascendancy: Regaining America’s Edge

In episode 177 of the Aerospace Advantage, Hypersonic Ascendancy: Regaining America’s Edge, John “Slick” Baum chats with Dr. Michael Brown, the Principal Scientist of the High-Speed Systems Division at Air Force Research Laboratory, and Mark Rettig, Vice President and General Manager for Business and Technology Development at GE Aerospace’s Edison Works about what the Air Force and industry are doing to help realize this crucial capability at an operational level. The U.S. spent the 1960s as

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Episode 176 – Assessing the FY25 Defense Budget and Spacepower Deep-Dive: The Rendezvous

In episode 176 of the Aerospace Advantage, Assessing the FY25 Defense Budget and Spacepower Deep-Dive: The Rendezvous, John “Slick” Baum chats with the Rendezvous team about topics you’ve seen in the national security headlines. We explore key takeaways from the FY2025 Air Force and Space Force budget requests—why it’s important to boost investment in key mission areas like space control and domain awareness, to the importance of growing aircraft acquisition numbers—especially for types like B-21

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Episode 175 – Air Mobility Imperative: Conversation with Gen Minihan

In episode 175 of the Aerospace Advantage, Air Mobility Imperative: Conversation with Gen Minihan, John “Slick” Baum and Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.) speak with AMC Commander Gen Mike Minihan. Air mobility is a lynchpin for any modern military operation. Combat aircraft in the sky, ships at sea, forces on land, and forward-deployed space and cyber units are of little use unless they are resourced in alignment with operational demands. That demands delivering

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Episode 174 — Understanding the Air Force and Space Force Budget: Leadership Perspective

In episode 174 of the Aerospace Advantage, Understanding the Air Force and Space Force Budget: Leadership Perspective, Doug Birkey and members of the Mitchell team speak to Lt Gen Rick Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, USAF, and Lt Gen Shawn Bratton, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters, USSF. It’s no secret that the Air Force and Space Force are in the middle of a massively transformative era. With threats on the rise

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Episode 173 — Eyes in the Sky: From U-2 to Reaper and Beyond

In Episode 173 of the Aerospace Advantage, Eyes in the Sky: From U-2 to Reaper and Beyond, John “Slick” Baum chats with former U-2 pilot Maj Gen H.D. “Jake” Polumbo, USAF (Ret.), the highest-ranking officer to fly the Dragon Lady in combat, and long-time experienced MQ-9 pilot Lt Col Johnny Duray, who has risen through the ranks as a line pilot to a commander in the RPA world.  ISR is one of the most crucial capabilities military actors require

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