In the years following the Cold War, and again following the 2007 troop surge to Iraq, the size of the Air Force and its corresponding modernization accounts were dramatically cut. After decades of hard use and too little investment, the service now faces mission deman...

The U.S. Air Force’s fighter aviation force is too old and too small to meet the national security challenges facing the country. The last major build-up in this mission area began in the wake of the Vietnam War and wound down at the end of the Reagan Administration. T...

Today, the United States Air Force is the smallest it has ever been since its founding as an independent military service in 1947. This dynamic now translates to fewer national security options presented to combatant commanders and decision makers, and the assumption o...

As the Department of Defense examines how to rebalance its portfolio of capabilities to meet an increasingly challenging threat environment, Deptula makes the case for reviving a mission well suited to land-based long range bombers—maritime strike. From the sinking of...