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Aerospace Nation: Lt Gen David Nahom on Force Modernization | July 14

The Mitchell Institute hosts Lt Gen David Nahom, the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs on Aerospace Nation. Gen Nahom discusses the current budget debates on Capitol Hill and their impact on force readiness and Air Force and Space Force modernization programs. Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderates the discussion and facilitates audience Q&A.

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Why America Could Lose Its Next War

Defense News | July 9, 2021 | Mark Gunzinger | The result of 30 years of “building down to build up” is a military that lacks the capacity to fight a single peer aggressor plus defend the U.S. homeland and deter nuclear attacks. Since defense leaders seem reluctant to be forthright and sound the alarm, Congress must step in.

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Maneuver Warfare in Space: The Strategic Imperative for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion

Defense News | July 8, 2021 | Chris Stone | Traditional chemical propellants used in current satellite designs are only designed to last for a limited life span, increasing the likelihood an adversary could “run them dry” by forcing more defensive maneuvers than their energy stores can sustain. Thanks to advances in technology, nuclear thermal propulsion would provide a solution to this challenge. Even though it sounds straight out of science fiction, advances in materials,

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Misleading Budget Accounting in the Department Of Defense Needs Correction

Forbes | July 6, 2021 | Lt Gen (ret) Dave Deptula |  The Air Force budget is burdened by $39 billion dollars in non-Air Force spending over which the Secretary of the Air Force has no control. These funds—which account for 18 percent of the total Air Force Department budget—go directly to other DOD agencies, passing through the Air Force untouched.

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