Mitchell Institute Releases New Research Study:
Securing 21st Century Combat Success: The Munition Effects Revolution

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (September 17, 2018) —The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the release of its latest in-depth research study today at AFA’s annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference at National Harbor, MD, Securing 21st Century Combat Success: The Munition Effects Revolution, by Maj Gen Lawrence A. Stutzriem, USAF (Ret.) and Col Matthew M. Hurley, USAF (Ret.).

Combat aviation is on the verge of a new kinetic strike revolution. With pin-point accuracy now an assured strike capability, the reality of modern aerial warfare yields expectations of even more versatile options for force employment. These options center around shaping the scale, scope, and vector of weapons to deliver highly customized kinetic results. In areas where collateral damage is a major concern, this might involve a very limited blast in a specific direction. If a target is hardened, then the destructive power of the weapon could be focused to negate that defense. In short, this revolution allows aircrews the opportunity to customize the kinetic effect of weapons to best attain the desired result—in real time.

Simultaneously, new technology is also allowing aircraft to carry more munitions that expand their capability. This is especially important given the need to make the most of every combat aircraft in an era where most combat aircraft are now “high demand, low density” assets. New technology also allows long-dwell aircraft like the MQ-9 Reaper or a B-52 Stratofortress to achieve a larger number of combat effects on a given sortie.

The Mitchell Institute’s research studies serve as an authoritative avenue for innovative, in-depth, insightful, and effective ideas and solutions for strengthening and enhancing aerospace power’s role in securing America’s interests.

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