The Mitchell Institute invites you to watch our virtual Aerospace Nation on with Evelyn N. Farkas, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia; Bryan Clark, Senior Fellow and Director of Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, Hudson Institute; Seth Jones, Senior Vice President, Harold Brown Chair, and Director of International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and Heather Penney, Senior Fellow for Airpower Studies, Mitchell Institute.
The early success Ukrainian forces enjoyed over invading Russian units in the Kyiv region is now giving way to brutal, incremental territorial losses elsewhere in the country. Putin may be paying a steep price for these advances, but he’s ultimately locking in desired conquests. It’s time for the US and the coalition partners to change their approach when it comes to the scale and scope of military capabilities they are providing Ukraine—especially when it comes to airpower. Failing to pursue this course risks allowing Russia to cement its gains. This portends a dangerous precedent in Europe and around the globe writ large—including lessons China may garner from the conflict. The risk calculus must change from “What happens if we provide certain types of support?” to “What happens if we don’t?” Moderated by Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean, Mitchell Institute.