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Mitchell Institute Launches New Website Highlighting the Importance of Aerospace Power for the 21st Century

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ARLINGTON, VA (September 9, 2019) —The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a new information resource website, Aerospace Power for the 21st Century. This innovative, new site is designed as an educational forum to explore aerospace power’s role in achieving U.S. national security objectives, the site includes features on the history of aerospace power, modern threats, future trends, current capabilities, and budget resources. It will serve as a one-stop-shop for facts, figures, trends, and reports and will be updated on a regular basis with the latest developments and news for the aerospace community.

About Aerospace Power for the 21st Century: Successfully employing modern aerospace power demands questioning long-standing assumptions and finding smarter ways to achieve goals. In an era where the severity and volume of advanced threats are growing, the options it affords are exceedingly important. However, it takes prudent leadership, an insightful vision, and dedicated investment to ensure the availability of these options. This website seeks to inform the public’s understanding of these dynamics.

“We are thrilled for the launch the new website and believe it will serve as a useful and informative tool to identify the trends and requirement vectors pertinent to the projection of aerospace power today and into the future,” said Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret), dean of the Mitchell Institute.

Featured reports on aerospace power include:

  • Flying & Fighting in the Modern Age: For too long leaders have focused upon how much aircraft and associated systems cost to buy, placing little emphasis upon what it costs to achieve mission goals in a real-world, enterprise fashion. Success in the future will demand a smarter path forward.
  • Future Trends: In looking at the qualities necessary to build a capable, effective aerospace force to meet tomorrow’s requirements, a few key attributes will be essential: combat cloud functionality, survivability, fleet capacity, and lethality.
  • Dollars & Sense: The Air Force is flying the smallest, oldest aircraft fleet in its history—a troubling reality given the increasingly dangerous threat environment.

Aerospace power by the numbers:

  • 29.2: Average age of an aircraft in the Air Force inventory
  • 386: The number of operational squadrons required by the U.S. Air Force
  • 270: The number of bombers required to meet real-world demands
  • 1,763: Air Force F-35 procurement requirement to outpace advancing threats

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Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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