The Mitchell Institute’s Aerospace Nation Podcast
Space Power Forum: Maj Gen Leah Lauderback, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at Headquarters U.S. Space Force

Space Power Forum: Maj Gen Leah Lauderback, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at Headquarters U.S. Space Force

April 2, 2021

Maj Gen Leah Lauderback, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance at Headquarters U.S. Space Force, joins us on our Space Power Forum. As the newest member of the Intelligence Community, the Space Force's ISR directorate is standing up at a time when the possibilities—and threats—in space are accelerating. Gen Lauderback shares her insights into the challenges of characterizing threats in space, plans for a National Space Intelligence Center, and the value of working with partners and allies.

Aerospace Nation: Gen Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Commander of Air Mobility Command

Aerospace Nation: Gen Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Commander of Air Mobility Command

March 31, 2021

The Mitchell Institute hosts Gen Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Commander of Air Mobility Command, on Aerospace Nation. As the Air Force transitions to an era of global competition, the ability to rapidly project and sustain the Joint Force is more critical than ever. Gen Van Ovost, currently nominated to command U.S. Transportation Command, discusses how Air Mobility Command is rethinking the role of Rapid Global Mobility in the battlespace, contributing to the Joint All Domain Command and Control concept of operations, and responding to changes in the global security environment.

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Franklin C. Miller

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Franklin C. Miller

March 23, 2021

Join the Mitchell Institute's Peter Huessy and Mr. Franklin C. Miller, principal at the Scowcroft Group, as they discuss the importance of the ICBM leg of the triad, the need for warhead modernization, and why maintaining a modern nuclear triad is essential to U.S. national security needs of the 21st century.

Aerospace Nation: Actualizing “Accelerate Change” with Lt Col Mike Benitez

Aerospace Nation: Actualizing “Accelerate Change” with Lt Col Mike Benitez

March 18, 2021

The Mitchell Institute hosts a live virtual Aerospace Nation series event on Actualizing “Accelerate Change” with Lt Col Mike Benitez, Director of Staff for the Air Force’s 53rd Wing. As staff director for the Air Force’s primary Operational Test wing, Lt Col Benitez has an up-close view of the Air Force’s efforts to realize Chief Brown’s “accelerate change” directive. He shares his insights into the Air Force’s new Black Flag exercise, the F-35’s move to an Agile Software Development framework, and the Joint All Domain Operations concept’s unique attributes. Lt Gen (Ret) Dave Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderates the discussion and facilitates audience Q&A

Aerospace Nation: Airborne Augmented Reality

Aerospace Nation: Airborne Augmented Reality

March 16, 2021

Listen to our live virtual Aerospace Nation panel discussion on Airborne Augmented Reality with long-time SASC staffer Robert “Otis” Winkler and Red 6’s Gen (Ret) Mike Holmes and Dan Robinson. The U.S. Air Force pilot readiness gap is only increasing. The pace of technological innovation and adoption must accelerate rapidly in order to fill the pilot shortage gap and secure U.S. and allied airspace. This discussion examines how augmented reality and artificial intelligence can help transform the way the Air Force prepares pilots for future conflicts and ultimately enhance our national security.

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Dr. Mark Schneider

Nuclear Deterrence Forum: Dr. Mark Schneider

March 11, 2021

The Mitchell Institute hosted a live virtual Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense Forum event with Dr. Mark Schneider, Senior Analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Schneider joined us at a critical time in the relationship between Washington and Moscow. He shared his insights into Russia’s nuclear modernization programs and doctrine, the importance of the U.S. nuclear triad, and considerations for the Biden administration’s approach to nuclear deterrence strategy. Peter Huessy, Director of Strategic Deterrent Studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, moderated the discussion and facilitated audience Q&A.

Aerospace Nation: Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Administration

Aerospace Nation: Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Administration

March 4, 2021

President Biden’s defense team faces a number of challenges around the globe, but they also have significant opportunities to bolster America’s national security for decades to come. The Mitchell Institute hosts a live virtual Aerospace Nation event on Thursday, March 4 with Lt Gen (Ret) Dave Deptula, Dean, and Mr. Doug Birkey, Executive Director, as they discuss their new policy paper, Aerospace Vectors for the Incoming Biden Defense Team. Maj Gen (Ret) Larry Stutzriem, Director of Research at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies moderates.

Aerospace Nation: Lt Gen James C. Slife, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

Aerospace Nation: Lt Gen James C. Slife, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

February 16, 2021

Lt Gen James C. Slife, Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), joins us on Aerospace Nation. In the face of threats from a broad range of competitors, the demand for AFSOC capabilities and capacity is pronounced. Gen Slife is responsible for developing those forces to have the skills, resiliency, and relevance they need to compete and win across the spectrum of modern global competitions. Join us as we discuss AFSOC's priorities for the year, the development of emerging technologies for special operations, and the implementation of AFSOC's Strategic Guidance.

Aerospace Nation: Brig Gen Heather Pringle, Commander of AFRL

Aerospace Nation: Brig Gen Heather Pringle, Commander of AFRL

February 4, 2021

Brig Gen Heather Pringle, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory, joins us on Aerospace Nation. The critical technologies under development at AFRL are increasingly important to national security as peer and near-peer competitors continue to chip away at America’s technological warfighting advantage. Brig Gen Pringle shares how AFRL is adapting to this rapidly evolving technology landscape and provides updates on some of the Lab’s most promising research programs.

Aerospace Nation: Gen James Dickinson, Commander of U.S. Space Command

Aerospace Nation: Gen James Dickinson, Commander of U.S. Space Command

January 26, 2021

January 26, 2021.

The Mitchell Institute hosts Gen James Dickinson, Commander of U.S. Space Command, on its Aerospace Nation Space Power Forum. Gen Dickinson’s leadership comes at a critical time as we look forward to the formation of a new U.S. defense strategy and as the importance of space capabilities intensifies as great power competition and warfighting evolves. He shares his insights into the establishment of a new SPACECOM headquarters, the U.S. response to the increasingly contested space domain, and the integration of SPACECOM into the operations of other combatant commands.

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