January 21, 2021

Episode 6 Summary:

In Episode 6, Commanding the Air War: The Desert Storm Air Campaign 30 Years Later, Mitchell hosts a conversation between Gen (Ret.) Chuck Horner and Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula, the joint forces air component commander who led the air war and his chief offensive air campaign planner. Their air campaign marked a turning point in warfare. As they walk through the planning to the execution of the first attacks, which exploited the advantages of stealth and were based on a strategy of airpower, they reflect on the implications of their success and how it would change warfare and shape the development of airpower—and counter airpower—capabilities for decades to come. This winning approach contrasts sharply with those that evolved in the conflicts of the first decades of the 2000s, in which our military became entrenched in nation-building. Given the current security challenges facing the United States, the lessons of Desert Storm are more important than ever. 

January 17, 2021

Episode 5 Summary:

Episode 5, A Strategy for Success, features Gen (Ret.) Mike Loh, Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula, and Col (Ret.) John Warden describing some of the initial key actions taken in response to Saddam’s aggression. Desert Storm marked a shift in the paradigm of warfare. For centuries, a strategy of attrition was the only path to victory. Harnessing the virtues of air and space power, U.S. air forces in Desert Storm yielded peace rapidly and effectively in a way no adversary had ever imagined. This episode will discuss key events and highlight important lessons learned, as we hear firsthand from the airmen in the fight what really happened. This episode is one of a special trilogy of podcasts commemorating the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm featuring key airmen who participated in the campaign

January 11, 2021

Episode 4 Summary:

In Episode 4, Stealth, Speed, Precision, and Persistence: The Keys to the Aerospace Advantage, Join 17th Air Force Chief of Staff Gen (Ret.) John Jumper and Mitchell Institute Dean Lt Gen (Ret.) Dave Deptula to explore how the Air Force can secure maximum value for every dollar it invests. In conversations with Aerospace Nation host Lt Col (Ret.) John Baum, these seasoned leaders explore the intersection between technology, concepts of operation, and a continual quest to pursue smart solutions, not just pure mass. A central part of the conversation focuses on cost-per-effect analysis and covers a wide range of air operations—from the skies over Vietnam and Desert Storm, to Kosovo and Afghanistan. These leaders also explore key investment areas that should be prioritized to best address tomorrow’s challenges.

December 28, 2020

Episode 3 Summary:

In Episode 3, host John Baum looks at what drives national security requirements. Things like combat aircraft and national security space constellations don’t exist for their own purposes—they speak to a need. It all comes down to the mission of deterring conflict, favorably shaping engagements with adversaries, reassuring allies, and winning decisively when war comes. That takes smart combat power—of which air and space options are crucial. Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller discusses the threat environment and makes the case for a broad range of military capabilities, including aerospace power.  Mitchell Institute Director of Studies Maj Gen (Ret.) Larry Stutzriem provides a military senior leader perspective, discussing how national security policy requirements translates to strategy and operational concepts.

December 14, 2020

Episode 2 Summary:

In Episode 2, host John Baum asks a crucial question: “Why is the Air Force aircraft inventory so small and old?” In gaining better insight regarding how we got here, the episode also emphasizes important lessons that will prove crucial to the service as it seeks to buy the next generation of combat aircraft. 

To dig into the details surrounding this challenge, Baum speaks with individuals who had a front-row view of key historic decisions, including Col (Ret.) Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger, the Mitchell Institute’s Director of Future Concepts and Capability Assessments, and Gen (Ret.) John Corley, former Air Combat Command Commander. 

The F-22 production termination saga serves as a key case study in this episode, with General Corley offering direct insight from his leadership vantage. This is an opportunity to find out what went down and why from those who were there. Most importantly, we need to learn how the Air Force can recover and reset for future success. 

November 23, 2020

Episode 1 Summary:

In Episode 1 of the Aerospace Advantage, the host John “Slick” Baum lays out the case for Aerospace power. Slick starts from the beginning, and speaks with Lt Gen (ret.) David Deptula to explain the importance of aerospace power. He then interviews the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies’ Executive Director Douglas Birkey to fully develop the fundamental theories of aerospace power. Doug covers the history of aerospace theory and leads us to today’s problem of an aging fleet and an unfunded Space Force. Slick ends the episode with laying out the threats that the US faces in the aerospace domains, and how the United States is taking these threats head-on.