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Protecting the “Pipeline”: Overcoming the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the latest installment in its Mitchell Institute Policy Papers series, “Protecting the ‘Pipeline’: Overcoming the Air Force’s Pilot Shortage,” by Senior Visiting Fellow Michael C. Sirak and Maj Gen Lawrence A. Stutzriem, Mitchell’s director of research. This new paper examines driving factors behind the dearth of trained, qualified Air Force pilots. The service is around 2,000 individuals short of its stated requirements, Sirak and Stutzriem write, and the crisis is at its worst in the fighter community, where there are around 1,300 empty pilot slots, a 25 percent vacancy. While the service has faced shortages before and i

The St. Andrews Proclamation: A Pragmatic Assessment of 21st Century Airpower

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the latest installment in its Mitchell Institute Policy Papers series, “The St. Andrews Proclamation: A Pragmatic Assessment of 21st Century Airpower,” by Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Mitchell’s dean. Adapted from a speech Deptula delivered in May at a conference on airpower hosted by the University of St. Andrews’ Institute for the Study of War and Strategy, Deptula offers up an assessment of the state of modern airpower as an instrument of national security and warfare, and how it will evolve in new ways as the 21st century progresses. Today, he notes, airpower technology has caught up with and in many ways bypass

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