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Shanahan Ethics Agreement Out; How The F-15X Decision Was Made

Posted by Colin Clark on


The Air Force wants more planes – and believes it has found a way to get them.

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Red Flag 2019: First Great Power Air War Test In Years

Posted by James Kitfield on


How are Air Force pilots training for a war with Russia or China?

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Mitchell Weighs In: More F-35s or New, Old F-15s?

Posted by David Deptula on


Fifth gen or fourth gen? F-35A or F-15X. Stealth, sensors and fusion or lots of missiles? Lockheed or Boeing? See what the Mitchell Institute says.

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The Future is Now: The RAAF & Boeing Australia Build F-35’s Unmanned Wingman

Posted by Robbin Laird on


I have been travelling to Australia and working with the Williams Foundation in Canberra for five years. What I have found most fascinating about my time there and the journey of discovery of the RAAF is how they have fully embraced the F-35 and reshaping the eco system for the 21st century air combat force they… Keep reading →

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Will Germany, Not Ready & Slow To Invest, Keep EU Leadership, Deter Putin

Posted by Robbin Laird on


The Cold War has not returned, but the Russians have. The challenge for the Trump Administration is less about whether the US cares about European defense; it is much more about a strategic shift of American attention to dealing with the Chinese and North Korean threats.

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What War With North Korea Would Look Like: 20K NK Dead A Day

Posted by Rob Givens on


Relatively few Americans know many details about how a war between North Korean, the US, South Korean and United Nations force would look. One of them is Rob Givens, who served as the deputy assistant chief of staff for operations of U.S. Forces Korea and as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of… Keep reading →

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America’s Air Superiority Crisis

Posted by David Deptula on


  The Air Force already has a big hole in its capabilities for the future: it needs what it is calling Penetrating Counter Air, a very fast, long-range, sensor-loaded and furiously lethal aircraft. But that effort is designed to fill a need in 2030. Dave Deptula, head of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute and… Keep reading →

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Chinese J-31 Appears At Paris Show, Sort Of

Posted by Colin Clark on


PARIS AIR SHOW: Of the two predominant conventional threats to the United States — Russia and China — the Peoples Republic of China is the lesser known and has offered much the smaller profile at the international air shows. Partly, that’s because much of China’s military hardware has, until very recently, been largely Russia-derived. So,… Keep reading →

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At Red Flag ‘It’s Tough To Be Legacy Aircraft In An LO World’

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: “You get whacked a lot.” Those are the words of someone who should know, the leader of the aggressor squadron at Red Flag, the man who tries to kill U.S. forces. Lt. Col. Tyler Lewis, commander of the 57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, echoed comments we’ve heard before, that… Keep reading →

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Mr. Trump: We Need F-35s Built Faster, Not Fewer

Posted by David Deptula on


Today’s United States Air Force faces a stark challenge: securing the sky in the face of ever increasing threats. Decades of deferred investment and an increasingly unstable world make this a critical issue facing the new Trump administration. Over 3/4 of the current Air Force fighter fleet is comprised of 1960s and 1970s designs that average… Keep reading →

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