Episode 159 — CCAs and Disruptive Air Warfare: The Future Vector

In Episode 159 of the Aerospace Advantage, CCAs and Disruptive Air Warfare: The Future Vector, John Baum chats with Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), Mike Dahm, and Mark Gunzinger of the Mitchell Institute about the potential for collaborative combat aircraft (CCA) to increase the lethality, survivability, and capacity of the Air Force’s air superiority forces for operations in highly contested environments.

Projecting decisive military power has long relied on the Air Force’s ability to achieve air superiority. This is an increasingly critical requirement given advanced air and missile defense threats that now exist in the Pacific. This core warfighting requirement is now at risk given the diminished size and advanced age of the Air Force’s air superiority aircraft inventory. This episode explores air superiority mission requirements in a Pacific scenario and the potential for a family of crewed CCAs operating cooperatively with 5th and 6th generation combat aircraft to disrupt China’s counterair operations and achieve the degree of air superiority needed for all joint force operations to succeed.

Credits:

Host: John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Producer: Shane Thin

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.), Director of Research, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Mark Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: J. Michael Dahm, Senior Resident Fellow for Aerospace and China Studies, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

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