7th Annual West Coast Aerospace Forum

RAND Project Air Force, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, MITRE, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies invite you to the 2022 West Coast Aerospace Forum to discuss lessons learned from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how those experiences will apply to security challenges in the Pacific theater and beyond. The day will start with Gen Kenneth S. Wilsbach, Commander of Pacific Air Forces, and Gen Jeffrey L. Harrigian, USAF (Ret.), former Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, discussing these challenges from a senior air commander perspective. Subsequent panels will feature a broad range of experts exploring this issue from the vantages of space, multi-domain operations, and factors applying to the China vs. Taiwan challenge. The concluding panel will discuss lessons for the defense industrial base.

Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. PST
Location: RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

Complimentary parking at RAND HQ
Continental breakfast and lunch provided


Advance registration is required.
Registration Link: https://www.rand.org/events/2022/12/02.html
Space is Limited.

Forum Program

7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

8:30 a.m.
Commanders’ Perspective: The War in Ukraine and Implications for the Pacific AOR

Moderator:
Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean, Mitchell Institute For Aerospace Studies
• Gen Kenneth Wilsbach, Commander, Pacific Air Forces, USAF
Gen Jeffrey Harrigian, USAF (Ret.), Former Commander, USAFE

10:00 a.m.
Lessons for the Space Domain

Moderator:
Dr. Jamie Morin, Vice President, Defense Systems Operations, The Aerospace Corporation
Lt Gen Michael Guetlein, Commander, Space Systems Command – Invited

11:10 a.m.
Lessons for Multi-Domain Operations

Moderator:
Mr. Marin Halper, Vice President, Cross Cutting Priorities,The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director, CNAS Defense Program
Mr. Greg Grant, Senior Principal, MITRE Corporation
Mr. Ylber Bajraktari, Senior Advisor, Special Competitives Studies Project – Invited

1:00 p.m.
What are China, Taiwan, and US-partners in the Pacific Learning from the War?

Moderator:
Dr. Seth G. Jones, Senior Vice President and Director, International Security Program,
Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Dr. Nadia Schadlow, Former Deputy National Security Advisor; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Mr. Christopher Johnstone, Former Director for East Asia, National Security Council; former intelligence official at the CIA: Japan Chair and Senior Adviser, CSIS
Dr. Evan Medeiros, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council; Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies and the Cling Family Senior Fellow in US-China Relations, Georgetown University


2:10 p.m.
“Arsenal of Democracy”: Lessons for the Industrial Base

Moderator:
Dr. James (Jim) Chow, Vice President and Director, RAND Project Air Force
Mr. Elbridge A. Colby, Former DASD; CEO for Marathon Institute
Dr. Cynthia Cook, CSIS, Lead for Defense Industrial Initiatives Group
Dr. Obaid Younoussi, RAND Director, Defense and Political Sciences Department

3:10 p.m.
Forum Adjourns

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