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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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US making ‘really exciting’ progress on directed energy weapons

Directed energy weapons like high-energy lasers could be a game changer in future wars, but the Defense Department (DoD) has yet to field these weapons at scale even though they have been in development for decades. Col. Mark Gunzinger (USAF Ret.), director at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, said DoD’s progress is “really exciting” […]

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Survey finds nuclear triad modernization has bipartisan support, former defense official reports

Calls to modernize the United States’ aging nuclear triad are growing stronger. The legacy systems will reach retirement age in about the next decade. Col. Mark Gunzinger (USAF, ret.), director at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, said a survey from his organization of Democratic and Republican likely […]

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Disparate organizations preventing Space Force effectiveness, says former Air Force under secretary

The nomination of Frank Kendall to become secretary of the Air Force is moving again after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) took off her hold on his nomination. One of his new jobs if the Senate confirms him could be to shape the entire Defense Department’s space enterprise. Matthew Donovan, director of the Spacepower Advantage Research […]

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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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