Episode 74 – The US War Against ISIS: Lessons for American Airpower

In episode 74 of the Aerospace Advantage, The US War Against ISIS: Lessons for American Airpower, Host John “Slick” Baum is joined by Mitchell Institute Dean Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula and Director of Research of the Foreign Policy Research Institute Dr. Aaron Stein to discuss the US War against ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2014, the world took notice as a new threat surged in the Middle East as extremists started a campaign to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Their brutality left thousands dead and set off a massive refuge crisis. US leaders knew they had to act and launched Operation Inherent Resolve. Much of this campaign, especially the lessons learned regarding airpower, are revealed in Dr. Ben Lambeth’s 2021 book, Airpower in the War against ISIS. Today we dive into the conflict with Dr. Stein, who just released a book on this topic. The lessons learned are especially relevant as we look to current and future challenges.

You can purchase Dr. Stein’s book The US War Against ISIS: How America and its Allies Defeated the Caliphate here.


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

Producer: Daniel C. Rice

Executive Producer: Douglas Birkey

Guest: Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula, Dean, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Guest: Dr. Aaron Stein, Director of Research, Foreign Policy Research Institute

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