The United States faces significant national security headwinds, the likes of which it has not seen since the Cold War. Whether considering technological challenges, industrial base considerations, or basic fiscal realities, adversaries are rapidly eroding security advantages enjoyed by the US over the last several decades. Aerospace power empowered by the attributes of the information age will allow the US to pursue strategies that will yield effective, prudent policy options amidst these new realities. Nations
Surviving and Succeeding in Today’s Threat Environment The United States faces an inflection point with respect to power projection in an increasingly dangerous, contested, and complex security environment. Ever since the end of the Cold War, Americans have assumed their nation possessed military superiority, no matter the situation. However, the actions of multiple competing nations are steadily eroding this advantage. China and Russia are concurrently developing strategies and fielding advanced capabilities specially designed to counter
ARLINGTON, VA (December 23, 2020) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Mitchell Forum short paper series, “Air Force Persistent Logistics Sustaining Combat Power during 21st Century Competition and Conflict” by Lt Gen Warren Berry, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection. He is responsible to the Chief of Staff for leadership, management and integration of Air Force logistics readiness, aircraft, munitions
In 2018, then-Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson sounded the alarm regarding the size of her service: “The Air Force is too small for what the nation expects of us.” Her response was direct: The service needed to grow from 312 to 386 operational squadrons.
ARLINGTON, VA (October 1, 2020) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Understanding the Promise of Skyborg and Low-Cost Attritable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles by Mark Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments at the Mitchell Institute, and Lukas Autenried, Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute. In the face of rising great power threats and a potential defense budget downturn, the U.S. Air
ARLINGTON, VA (June 8, 2020) — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Mitchell Forum short paper series, “Acquiring the Air Force We Need” by John “JV” Venable. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons Instructor Course, with more than 3,300 hours in the F-16C. At present, JV serves as a Senior Research Fellow for Defense Policy in the Center for National Defense
No matter the mission, from air superiority and long range strike to air mobility and command and control, a broad range of missions executed in the air provide vital options at the strategic, operational, and tactical realms.
National security space activities are essential facets of any military operation, while also creating conditions essential for the civilian economy.
Empowering actors at all levels with a smart set of options at the right time and place demands procuring the most effective, efficient, and resilient set of tools.
Meeting nationals security requirements today and tomorrow requires insightful, creative approaches that prioritize America’s strengths, while not projecting undue vulnerability.
Resource investment must prioritize investments that will yield best value for the Air Force, Space Force, and national security establishment as a whole.
Strategic deterrence is the bedrock of the national security enterprise thanks to the virtues and value of the triad.