In episode 63 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, Affordable Mass: Precision Guided Munition Requirements for Great Power Conflict, host John “Slick” Baum, Maj Gen Jason “Armo” Armagost of Air Force Global Strike Command and Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger of the Mitchell Institute discuss the types of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) we’ll need for future conflicts. As much as we love to talk about aircraft, it’s important to recognize netting desired combat effects comes down to getting bombs on targets. Not all munitions are created equal—it’s all about netting the right balance of performance attributes and cost factors. This is especially true given that a modern major theater war could easily see over 100,000 aim points. While much of our munitions inventory remains highly effective, it’s also important to recognize that we need to diversify with new systems that are affordable, can survive amidst potent enemy defenses, and are optimized to harness the advantages afforded by fifth-generation aircraft carrying them into harm’s way.
Host: Lt Col (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies
Producer: Daniel C. Rice
Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey
Guest: Maj Gen Jason “Armo” Armagost, Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Global Strike Command, USAF
Guest: Col (Ret.) Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capabilities Assessments, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies