Episode 54 – MQ-9 Reimagined: Tomorrow’s Reaper Missions

Episode Summary:

In episode 54 of the Aerospace Advantage podcast MQ-9 Reimagined: Tomorrow’s Reaper Missions, host John “Slick” Baum talks to 49th Wing Commander Col Ryan Keeney, Mitchell Institute’s own Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry Stutzriem, and Brian Clark of the Hudson Institute to explore how the MQ-9 will meet new mission demands. Bottom line, the Reaper attained legendary status over Afghanistan and Iraq, but its career is far from over. In fact, current combatant command requests far outstrip available supply. Looking to the future, as defense leaders increasingly focus on peer threats like China and Russia, it’s important to explore how the MQ-9 will expand its mission applications. Simply put, there is tremendous demand for the sensor-shooter capabilities the aircraft brings to the fight. It’s time to reimagine how the MQ-9 will engage in this new realm.


Host: Lt Col (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum, Senior Fellow, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Producer: Daniel C. Rice

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Col Ryan Keeney, Commander, 49th Wing, USAF

Guest: Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry “Stutz” Stutzreim, Director of Research, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Brian Clark, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology, The Hudson Institute

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