The Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Nation Podcast
Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Gordon Chang and Rick Fisher

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Gordon Chang and Rick Fisher

August 5, 2021

The Mitchell Institute invites you to listen to the Nuclear Deterrence Forum event with Mr. Gordon Chang, an East Asia expert, and the author of numerous books on China, and Mr. Rick Fisher, a Senior Fellow on Asian Military Affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. Mr. Chang and Mr. Fisher discuss ongoing Chinese nuclear missile silo developments, China's nuclear arsenal and its impact on geopolitics, and China's ambitions with Taiwan, among other topics.

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Spacepower Forum: Gen David “DT” Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force

Spacepower Forum: Gen David “DT” Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force

July 29, 2021

The Mitchell Institute hosts a Spacepower Forum event with General David "DT" Thompson, Vice Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force. General Thompson discusses the continued buildout of the U.S. Space Force, including how the Space Force is preparing to defend against adversary advancements in counterspace technologies, ongoing efforts to consolidate space acquisition, and the service’s role in supporting DOD’s JADC2 strategy. Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry Stutzriem, Director of Research for the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderates the discussion and facilitates audience Q&A.

Speed is Life: Accelerating the Air Force’s Ability to Adapt and Win

Speed is Life: Accelerating the Air Force’s Ability to Adapt and Win

July 22, 2021

Success in tomorrow’s conflicts will largely depend on how warfighters are able to harness and adapt software, data, and algorithms at the unit level. The future must be one in which airmen are empowered to evolve software in a highly dynamic, responsive fashion to meet near-term mission demands.

The Mitchell Institute invites you to listen to the virtual event with Dr. Tim Grayson, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Strategic Technology Office. This event examined Heather Penney’s new policy paper, Speed is Life: Accelerating the Air Force’s Ability to Adapt and Win, which explores this vision and charts a pathway the Air Force and other services must adopt to succeed in an increasingly complex set of threats.

​​​​​​​The old adage, “Speed is life” is no longer just about flying—it’s about rapidly evolving mission tools to fight and win.

Aerospace Nation: Lt Gen David Nahom

Aerospace Nation: Lt Gen David Nahom

July 14, 2021

The Mitchell Institute hosts Lt Gen David Nahom, the Air Force’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs on Aerospace Nation. Gen Nahom discusses the current budget debates on Capitol Hill and their impact on force readiness and Air Force and Space Force modernization programs. Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderates the discussion and facilitates audience Q&A.

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Uzi Rubin

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Uzi Rubin

July 14, 2021

The Mitchell Institute invites you to watch our virtual Nuclear Deterrence Forum event with Uzi Rubin, the preeminent scholar on Israeli missile defense and founder of the Israeli Ministry of Defense’s Arrow long-range missile defense program. Mr. Rubin discussed the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict and the most recent flare up on conflict in Gaza amongst other topics.

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Maj Gen (ret.) Michael E. Fortney

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Maj Gen (ret.) Michael E. Fortney

July 1, 2021

The Mitchell Institute invites you to join our virtual Nuclear Deterrence Forum event with Maj Gen (ret.) Michael E. Fortney, former Vice Commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, and former Director of Operations and Nuclear Support at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Maj Gen (ret.) Fortney shares his insights into how the GBSD and B-21 programs will enhance our nuclear deterrence capabilities, as well as how the principles of deterrence have not fundamentally changed, despite a rapidly changing global nuclear landscape. Peter Huessy, Director for Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderates the discussion and facilitates audience Q&A.

Building a Force That Wins: Recommendations for the 2022 National Defense Strategy

Building a Force That Wins: Recommendations for the 2022 National Defense Strategy

June 15, 2021

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to present the rollout of the Mitchell Institute’s newest study, Building a Force That Wins: Recommendations for the 2022 National Defense Strategy by Mark Gunzinger, Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, and Lukas Autenried, Senior Analyst at the Mitchell Institute. They are joined for a panel discussion regarding the report’s findings by Dr. Jim Miller, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Elbridge Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development.

Every four years, each administration must evaluate the global threat picture and develop an overarching framework known as the National Defense Strategy (NDS) that establishes priorities for the size of its forces, new weapon systems investments, and its operating concepts. While the 2018 NDS succeeded in reorienting DOD’s planning and resource priorities toward great power competition, persistent issues remain that, if left unaddressed, increase the risk of failure in the event of future great power conflict.

This report offers recommendations on three of the most critical issues the administration should address as it develops its next National Defense Strategy.

Report: https://mitchellaerospacepower.org/building-a-force-that-wins-recommendations-for-the-2022-national-defense-strategy/

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Gen Timothy M. Ray

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Gen Timothy M. Ray

June 3, 2021

The Mitchell Institute host Gen Timothy M. Ray, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, and Commander, Air Forces Strategic - Air, U.S. Strategic Command. Gen Ray joins us at a time when the future of the U.S. strategic deterrent is the subject of intense interest and discussion. He will share his insights into the recapitalization and modernization of long-range strike, the sustainment of the bomber fleet, and emerging technologies such as hypersonic weapons, among other topics. Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, will moderate the discussion and facilitate audience Q&A.

Command and Control Imperatives for the 21st Century: The Next Areas of Growth for ABMS and JADC2

Command and Control Imperatives for the 21st Century: The Next Areas of Growth for ABMS and JADC2

May 27, 2021

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce a new entry in its Policy Paper series, Command and Control Imperatives for the 21st Century: The Next Areas of Growth for ABMS and JADC2, by Doug Birkey, Executive Director of the Mitchell Institute.

The Air Force is at a major juncture in the development of command and control (C2) capabilities. Under the aegis of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) programs, the Air Force is pushing ahead with efforts to modernize its C2 architecture by capitalizing on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Faced with the heightened threat environment created by America’s adversaries, these investments are critical to the Air Force’s ability to operate and win in future conflicts. To maximize the advantages yielded by new technologies, the Air Force must develop a tiered strategy for modernizing its C2 capabilities, one in which the human professional remains at the core.

This virtual rollout of the Mitchell Institute’s new policy paper, Command and Control Imperatives for the 21st Century: The Next Areas of Growth for ABMS and JADC2, explores how the Air Force can pursue a holistic risk mitigation approach to C2ISR that blends innovation, operationally mature systems, and backup redundancies. Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry Stutzriem, Director of Research of the Mitchell Institute, leads a discussion with author Doug Birkey and Air Force Air Battle Managers Col Nelson “Bigfoot” Rouleau and Maj Alex “Big Bobby” Wallis.

 

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Dr. Chris Ford and Dr. Susan Koch

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Dr. Chris Ford and Dr. Susan Koch

May 26, 2021

The Mitchell Institute host Dr. Chris Ford, Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, and Dr. Susan Koch, Distinguished Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction at National Defense University, on its Nuclear Deterrence Forum.  Dr. Koch and Dr. Ford join us at a critical time as the Biden administration is seeking re-entry into the JCPOA and the threat of nuclear proliferation around the world is on the rise. They share their insights into current international nonproliferation and arms control treaties, China's nuclear buildup, and U.S. nuclear modernization efforts, among other topics.

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