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Securing the Pacific Skies: The Imperative for Expanding Japan’s Fifth-Generation Capacity

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to announce the release of its latest research study, Securing the Pacific Skies: The Imperative for Expanding Japan’s Fifth-Generation Capacity, by Mitchell’s Dean Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Executive Director Douglas A. Birkey, and Senior Resident Fellow Heather R. Penney. The government of Japan will soon choose a path to develop a new fighter aircraft to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces’ venerable F-2. With tensions on the rise in the Asia-Pacific region, this decision will prove consequential for decades into the future. Air superiority is an essential capability required to secure a broad range of desired effec

Moving Toward the Air Force We Need?

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 demands that far outpace available capacity. A myth exists that the Air Force is funded equally with the other services. Analysis shows that DoD only allocates 23% of the defense budget to the Air Force’s “blue” budget, which excludes pass-through funding for programs that the service does not control (mostly national intelligence-related programs). An assessment of budget trends reveals the nation has dramatically underfunded the A

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