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Affordable Mass: The Need for a Cost-Effective PGM Mix for Great Power Conflict

Watch the Mitchell Institute’s rollout for our policy paper: Affordable Mass: The Need for a Cost-Effective PGM Mix for Great Power Conflict by Col Mark Gunzinger (Ret), Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments. Maj Gen Jason R. Armagost, Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, Air Force Global Strike Command joins Gunzinger to discuss why the Air Force must develop a “5th generation weapons inventory for a 5th generation force” that will maintain the

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Reviving A “Weak” Department Of The Air Force

Forbes | October 25, 2021 | Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula | The Air Force has repeatedly tried to get Congress to allow it to retire its old aircraft and reduce its excess infrastructure to free up funds inside its own budget allocation to invest in modern capabilities, all to no avail. Now it is time for plan B. Without Congressional approval to retire its old aircraft, or to close excess infrastructure, and without any

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The Future Fighter Force Our Nation Requires: Building a Bridge

ARLINGTON, VA | October 26, 2021 — The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new Research Study, The Future Fighter Force Our Nation Requires: Building a Bridge, by Heather Penney, Senior Resident Fellow at the Mitchell Institute. The U.S. Air Force’s fighter force is in crisis. After three decades of canceled, curtailed, and delayed investment in fighter aircraft modernization, the nation now finds itself in major need of these capabilities with far

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Episode 45 – F-35: Getting Healthy, or Hard Broke? Part 2

Episode Summary In episode 45 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast, F-35: Getting Healthy, or Hard Broke? Part 2, Mitchell Institute explores the status of America’s newest fighter engine with top experts from Pratt and Whitney. Fighter aircraft are generally viewed by the general public as airframes—their fuselages, wings, and tail giving them unmistakable, unique shapes. However, it takes incredibly sophisticated jet engine technology to bring these airplanes to life. The F-35’s engine is a game

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Survey Finds Nuclear Triad Modernization Has Bipartisan Support, Former Defense Official Reports

Government Matters | October 10, 2021 | Col (Ret.) Mark Gunzinger | Col (Ret.) Mark Gunzinger, director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, shared the results of a survey on voters sampled to mimic the 2020 election. The survey found 91 percent of respondents thought modernizing the United States’ nuclear deterrent system should be a priority for the Defense Department. The

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Building an Agile Force: The Imperative for Speed & Adaptation in the U.S. Aerospace Industrial Base

The U.S. Air Force is the oldest and smallest that it has ever been. The problem isn’t simply budget but acquisition behavior. At the rollout of the Mitchell Institute’s new research report, Building an Agile Force: The Imperative for Speed and Adaptation in the U.S. Aerospace Industrial Base, the authors explore how the Air Force can rejuvenate the aerospace industry to achieve a force that can innovatively outpace peer adversaries. Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula,

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