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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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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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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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ACC’s Gen. Hostage: On Fifth Gen Combat Cloud And Syria

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Robbin Laird, a member of our Board of Contributors, and Ed Timperlake conducted what looks like it will be the last interview with Gen. Mike Hostage, the head of Air Combat Command, before he retires in early November. Hostage has overseen the Air Force’s transition to fifth generation aircraft with the introduction of the F-22 and preparations… Keep reading →

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