Episode 166 — Congressional Update, Sentinel & F-35 Developments, and Spacepower Considerations: The Rendezvous

In Episode 166 of the Aerospace Advantage, Congressional Update, Sentinel & F-35 Developments, and Spacepower Considerations: The Rendezvous, Mitchell Institute’s John “Slick” Baum chats with members of the Mitchell Institute team about the latest defense news from the beltway and the broader national security community.

The conversation begins by assessing where Congress stands when it comes to passing an actual defense budget and moving past the crippling parade of continuing resolutions. We also discuss how the 2024 election cycle will impact the national security debate throughout the course of the year, including support for Ukraine. Our panel then explores why the Sentinel program experienced a Nunn McCurdy breach and what this means looking to the future. Team members also consider what Lockheed Martin’s latest projection for TR3/ Block 4 means for the F-35 program, especially when it comes to the FY25 budget request. The conversation then turns to spacepower developments. Finally, given the fighting in Ukraine, instability in the Middle East, continued issues with Iran and North Korea, plus China’s aggression in the Pacific, we discuss the implications for Airmen and Guardians—especially given finite resources from both a manpower and hardware set of perspectives.

Credits:

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

Producer: Shane Thin

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Lt Gen David Deptula, Dean, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Maj Gen Larry Stutzriem, Director of Research, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Charles Galbreath, Senior Fellow for Spacepower Studies, The Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Guest: Todd “Sledge” Harmer, Senior Vice President, American Defense International

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