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Consolidating the Revolution: Optimizing the Potential of Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Fifteen years of dramatic growth in demand for the sensor and strike capabilities that remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) afford have left the Department of Defense (DOD) struggling to meet burgeoning mission demand. Despite efforts by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and military services to surge RPA capacity, their collective actions have been largely uncoordinated. This has yielded a disjointed enterprise where effectiveness and efficiency are not what they could have been, or can be. Press Release Slides

Acquisition at the Speed of Combat, Not at the Pace of Bureaucracy: Enabling Progress in Reform

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release its latest Policy Paper, Acquisition at the Speed of Combat, Not at the Pace of Bureaucracy: Enabling Progress in Reform by Michael Sirak, Mitchell Institute visiting fellow. Like the rest of the Defense Department, the Air Force’s acquisition system still relies on highly bureaucratic, industrial-age procurement methods that drives length procurement cycles—often measured in decades. Maintaining this business approach is no longer tenable in an age when US adversaries are exploiting the explosion of commercially available technology to their advantage, innovatively fielding new capability much more quickly. Amidst such dynam

A Shifting Puzzle: Understanding and Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release the fourteenth entry in its Mitchell Forum paper series, A Shifting Puzzle: Understanding and Countering Russian Hybrid Warfare, by Cadet Courtney Kunselman, of the US Air Force Academy. Across the contemporary strategic environment the United States is facing around the world, so-called “hybrid warfare” use is growing more prevalent, Kunselman writes, and attention to this problem has risen significantly since the Russian intervention in Ukraine in 2014. Hybrid warfare combines conventional and unconventional tools and methods in order to produce strategically destabilizing effects, often involving elements of a country or a

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