Airpower

An Operational Perspective on the Ethics of the Use of Autonomous Weapons

Arlington, VA | June 11, 2024 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies announces a new entry in its Forum Paper series, An Operational Perspective on the Ethics of the Use of Autonomous Weapons, by Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. This essay, originally published by the Cambridge University Press in their Journal of Ethics & International Affairs, takes an operational perspective to examine the role that

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Episode 187 – Spectrum Warfare: Freedom to Attack, Maneuver, and Defend

In episode 187 of the Aerospace Advantage, Spectrum Warfare: Freedom to Attack, Maneuver, and Defend, Heather “Lucky” Penney chats with 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing commander Col Joshua Koslov. Electromagnetic spectrum operations are critical to the success of any modern combat mission. With the growth of sensors, processing power, and connectivity—a tremendous range of effects can be netted through this realm. This includes attack, protection, and support functions. At its core, electromagnetic spectrum operations come down

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John Venable joins the Mitchell Institute Team as Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies

Arlington, Virginia | June 6, 2024 The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce that Col John “JV” Venable, USAF (Ret.), has joined our team as a Senior Resident Fellow for Airpower Studies. He is a highly experienced fighter pilot who served in three combat operations. He was most recently a Senior Research Fellow for Defense Policy at The Heritage Foundation focused on plans, programs, and operational capabilities related to air and space

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Episode 186 – Congressional Update, Triad Questioned, Space Guard Debate: The Rendezvous

In episode 186 of the Aerospace Advantage, Congressional Update, Triad Questioned, Space Guard Debate: The Rendezvous, Heather “Lucky” Penney 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 with a review of where defense issues stand on The Hill. There have been a lot of hearings related to the FY25 Defense Budget request and the House Armed Services Committee

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Episode 185 – Tomorrow’s F-35: Cooling is Key

In episode 185 of the Aerospace Advantage, Tomorrow’s F-35: Cooling is Key, host Heather “Lucky” Penney and Doug Birkey chat with Matt Pess, Chief Engineer on the Enhanced Power and Cooling System (EPACS) program at Collins Aerospace, about a key technology to sustain the F-35’s future capability growth. The fighter’s powerful sensor suite, computing power, and avionics set it apart as a hugely capable twenty-first century combat aircraft. Operating these technologies demands robust cooling via

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Episode 184 – New NATO Voices: Conversation with Maj Gen Jonas Wikman, Chief of the Swedish Air Force

In episode 184 of the Aerospace Advantage, New NATO Voices: Conversation with Maj Gen Jonas Wikman, Chief of the Swedish Air Force, host Heather “Lucky” Penney and Lt Gen Dave Deptula, USAF (Ret.) chat with NATO’s newest airpower leader. Given recent events, the time for this conversation couldn’t be better. Our Air Forces have been strong partners for years, but Sweden’s membership in NATO will tighten the relationship even further. When you look at a

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