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The Cyber Edge: Posturing the US Air Force for the Information Age

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release the fifteenth entry in its Mitchell Forum paper series, The Cyber Edge: Posturing the US Air Force for the Information Age, by Lt Gen William Bender, USAF (Ret.). Bender, who served as the US Air Force’s chief information officer from 2014 until his retirement this August, writes that the Air Force is undoubtedly the world’s greatest industrial age air arm, but technological advances are driving change that is outpacing the ability of the US military services to organize and adapt, and the pace of these advances is accelerating. In his paper, Bender examines the challenges and foundational changes necessary for the US to rema

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues

CRS Report: U.S. Strategic Nuclear Forces: Background, Developments, and Issues Even though the United States is in the process of reducing the number of warheads deployed on its long-range missiles and bombers, consistent with the terms of the New START Treaty, it also plans to develop new delivery systems for deployment over the next 20-30 years. The 115th Congress will continue to review these programs, and the funding requested for them, during the annual authorization and appropriations process. During the Cold War, the U.S. nuclear arsenal contained many types of delivery vehicles for nuclear weapons. The longer-range systems, which included long-range missiles based on U.S. territory,

Survivability in the Digital Age: The Imperative for Stealth

Ever since F-117 Stealth Fighters attacked Baghdad on the opening night of Operation Desert Storm, stealth technology has stood as a pillar in America’s arsenal. Stealth is and continues to be a central tenet of aircraft survivability. The ability to project power, without exposing undue vulnerability is a tremendous advantage for the United States at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels. Press Release

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