Episode 174 — Understanding the Air Force and Space Force Budget: Leadership Perspective

In episode 174 of the Aerospace Advantage, Understanding the Air Force and Space Force Budget: Leadership Perspective, Doug Birkey and members of the Mitchell team speak to Lt Gen Rick Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, USAF, and Lt Gen Shawn Bratton, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters, USSF.

It’s no secret that the Air Force and Space Force are in the middle of a massively transformative era. With threats on the rise and critical modernization dominating both services, resources really matter. It doesn’t matter how effective a strategy or operational concept might be in theory if it isn’t underwritten with sufficient capacity and capabilities. That takes funding. The spending caps passed by Congress make this year’s budget request picture exceedingly challenging. In this episode,  Lt Gen Moore and Lt Gen Bratton, the leaders charged with building their respective service budget requests, shed light on how specific programs were resourced, while also discussing how they balanced factors like readiness and modernization. This is a critical conversation that cuts to the core of building tomorrow’s airpower and spacepower.

Credits:

Host: Douglas Birkey, Executive Director, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Producer: Shane Thin

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Gen Kevin P. Chilton, USAF (Ret.), Explorer Chair, The Mitchell Institute Space Power Advantage Center of Excellence (MI-SPACE)

Guest: Lt Gen Richard G. Moore, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters, USAF

Guest: Lt Gen Shawn N. Bratton, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, and Requirements, Headquarters, USSF

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