Episode 165 — It Comes Down to Guardians: Rightsizing Space Force

In episode 165 of the Aerospace Advantage, It Comes Down to Guardians: Rightsizing Space Force, John “Slick” Baum chats with a top-tier slate of space professionals about one of the top issues impacting national security issues in orbit: having enough trained and qualified personnel. Gen Kevin Chilton, USAF (Ret.), Maj Gen Thomas Taverny, USAF (Ret.), Col Stu Pettis, USAF (Ret.), and Col Charles Galbreath, USSF (Ret.) discuss how the nation is asking the Space Force to deliver an ever-increasing scale and scope of effects as mission demands and the threat environment evolve.

This requires a reassessment regarding the number of Guardians authorized for the Space Force, as well as a discussion about the appropriate mix of skill sets. Further impacting this question are considerations tied to whether the Space Force will gain a National Guard component or seek to address those mission functions through an alternate means. At the end of the day, mission demand must be matched with the right scale and scope of uniformed professionals. This is a crucial conversation. It doesn’t matter how much sophisticated technology the service acquires if it doesn’t have enough people to operate it, employ concepts of operation, and engage effectively throughout the higher echelons of the defense enterprise.


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

Producer: Shane Thin

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Charles Galbreath, Senior Fellow for Spacepower Studies, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence

Guest: Stuart Pettis, Director, STEM Education Programs, Air & Space Forces Association

Guest: Maj Gen Thomas “Tav” Taverney, USAF (Ret.), Senior Vice President, Space Systems Development, Leidos

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