Podcasts

Episode 38: Adversary Insights: Understanding Chinese Airpower

Episode Summary In episode 38 of the Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Advantage podcast Adversary Insights: Understanding Chinese Airpower, host John “Slick” Baum is joined by Dr Brendan Mulvaney and Ken Allen of Air University’s China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI), Cristina Garafola or RAND, and Dan Rice of the Mitchell Institute to better understand the People Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). As Sun Tzu once said, “Know they enemy and know yourself, and you need not fear

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Episode 37: Afghanistan Assessment: The Rendezvous

Episode Summary In episode 37 of the Aerospace Advantage, Afghanistan Assessment: The Rendezvous, John Baum engages with the Mitchell Institute team to discuss the broader events surrounding America’s longest war. This is a tough one, with many members of the team having served in the theater, have worked on the war from the policy vantage, and have known people who’ve paid the ultimate price in this conflict. To see the images of the collapse over

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Episode 36: Speed is Life: Agile Software in Air Combat

Episode Summary In episode 36 of the Aerospace Advantage, Speed is Life: Agile Software in Air Combat, John Baum engages with Lt Col Mike Benitez, Director of Staff at the 53rd Wing; Dr. Jimmy “Rev” Jones, a fighter pilot-PhD; and Heather Penney of the Mitchell Institute to discuss a topic few of us consider—the “ones and zeros” of software that actually operate the jet. Fighter pilots have a saying that speed is life, and it

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Episode 35: Logistics Under Attack: A Conversation with AMC Commander Gen Van Ovost

Episode Summary In episode 35 of the Aerospace Advantage, Logistics Under Attack: A Conversation with AMC Commander Gen Van Ovost, John Baum and Mitchell Institute dean Lt Gen (ret) Dave Deptula discuss what it will take to sustain tomorrow’s military with Air Force Air Mobility Command Commander General Jackie Van Ovost. No military force can operate for any period of time without a robust flow of supplies. Whether discussing munitions, spare parts, food, fuel, or

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Episode 34: The Future of Air Force Pilot Training: A Crisis That Demands a Solution

Episode Summary In episode 34 of the Aerospace Advantage, The Future of Air Force Pilot Training: A Crisis That Demands a Solution, host John Baum delves into a key challenge facing the Air Force: the service has too few pilots and needs to produce a new generation of talent fast. In discussions with 19th Air Force commander Maj Gen Craig Wills, the leader who oversees the majority of Air Force pilot training, and members of

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Episode 33: A-10s, F-35s, and C-130s from the Congressional Vantage: The Rendezvous

Episode Summary In episode 33 of the Aerospace Advantage, A-10s, F-35s, and C-130s from the Congressional Vantage: The Rendezvous, the Mitchell Institute team discusses the latest developments from Capitol Hill. Given the compressed schedule of this year’s budget process, the debates are intense and the decisions are executing rapidly. There is a lot in play this year as Congress seeks to help the Air Force and Space Force modernize, deal with ongoing operations, and manage

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