Episode Summary: In episode 54 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast MQ-9 Reimagined: Tomorrow’s Reaper Missions, host John “Slick” Baum talks to 49th Wing Commander Col Ryan Keeney, Mitchell Institute’s own Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry Stutzriem, and Brian Clark of the Hudson Institute to explore how the MQ-9 will meet new mission demands. Bottom line, the Reaper attained legendary status over Afghanistan and Iraq, but its career is far from over. In fact, current combatant command
Episode Summary: In episode 53 of the Aerospace advantage podcast F-22, F-15EX, F-35, NGAD, and Beyond: Fighter Force Recommendations for the Next Decade, host John “Slick” Baum and members of the Mitchell Institute team explore a U.S. Air Force fighter force that is in crisis and look to future solutions. After three decades of canceled, curtailed, and delayed investment in modernization, the nation now finds itself in major need of these capabilities with far too
Episode Summary In episode 52 of the Aerospace advantage podcast Congress and Defense, Russian Satellite Shootdown, and China’s Nuclear Stance: The Rendezvous, host John “Slick” Baum welcomes the Mitchell team to discuss stories that have dominated the news cycle. After stalling out for months, it looks like the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act is headed for the floor. What should we be looking for in this bill? Next, as if things weren’t
Episode Summary In episode 51 of the Aerospace advantage podcast Astronaut Jared Isaacman: Inspiration4 and Innovation in Space, host John “Slick” Baum welcomes onto the podcast Shift4 CEO and Inspiration4 mission commander, astronaut Jared Isaacman. Private industry is making incredible strides in space, and Inspiration4 was a landmark moment, the first all-civilian mission to space. Missions like these are not just for show, they mark a growing trend of competition and innovation in the space industry that
Episode Summary In Episode 50 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, Building the Next Gen Space Enterprise, host John “Slick” Baum speaks to a number of key leaders in the Space Force and industry to discuss how and why new actors are entering the space business. Given all the recent activity in space—whether discussing the explosion of small satellites or new launch players like Space X, Virgin Galactic, or Blue Origin—it’s hard to remember that the
Episode Summary In Episode 49 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, China’s Global Intent and Tactics: Adversary Insights, host John “Slick” Baum is joined by Dr. Brendan Mulvaney of the China Aerospace Studies Institute, the former Director of Research at CASI, Ken Allen, and Mitchell Institute research analyst Daniel Rice to discuss the big question on everyone’s mind, “What is China’s global intent, and what are they doing to achieve these goals?” You see it in
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