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Are American leaders overestimating US military capability?

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s initial failures in his war in Ukraine stemmed from poor strategy but also an overestimation of his military’s capability, training and prowess. LTG David Deptula (Ret.), dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, argues U.S. political and military leaders may be making a similar mistake, given current threats. He said […]

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‘I would disagree with the commander’: Mitchell Institute dean says small drones not a major threat

A large part of the modern warfare conversation centers around high-tech systems like hypersonic missiles, but smaller weapons like low-tech drones could be a serious threat to the U.S. military. However, Lt. Gen. David Deptula (USAF, ret.), dean of The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, said he disagrees with Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr., […]

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Biggest threat to Air Force modernization is funding misrepresentation, says national security expert

The hold is off the nomination of Frank Kendall to become the next secretary of the Air Force tonight. One of the biggest budget challenges he may face if the Senate confirms him is something he can’t control. Gen. David Deptula (USAF, ret.), dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, said the false notion […]

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Mischaracterization of Air Force resources among top issues to address, says Mitchell Institute dean

The confirmation hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday included a lot of questions for Air Force secretary nominee Mike Kendall about the contentious F-35 aircraft. That is only one big decision point Kendall faces if the Senate confirms him. Lt. Gen. David Deptula (USAF, Ret.), Dean of The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, […]

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