Aerospace Advantage Episode 1
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 US is taking these threats head-on.
Full Topic Guide:
Episode 1 of the Aerospace Advantage aims to foster a greater appreciation for aerospace power’s unique role in achieving national security objectives in a highly effective, sustainable fashion. After a brief introduction of our host John “Slick” Baum and his background, the show starts off laying a broad overview of the Air Force and Space Force’s history, and the most recent strategic level guidance from the two force’s leaders Gen. CQ Brown and Gen. Raymond.
John “Slick” Baum makes the case that the Airforce is too old and spread too thinly to effectively achieve the goal of providing overwhelming force and aerospace dominance in a future conflict. Slick talks with Lt Gen (ret) David Deptula on his take on the current state of the force, and to reinforce the concept that the aerospace domains are key to the outcome of future wars.
Slick then interviews Mitchell Institute Executive Director Douglas Birkey to understand the fundamental theories of aerospace power and why they are critical in the US way of conducting warfare. Doug details the strategic advantages of speed and distance that makes the aerospace domains uniquely different from the surface domains. He elaborates on the foundations of aerospace warfighting theory, and how aerospace warfare has evolved from World War 2, the Gulf War and into today’s conflicts. Doug also elaborates on some of the non-kinetic effects capabilities that aerospace power provides to US arsenal, including airlift and C4ISR.
The episode wraps with Slick summarizing the interviews and approaching the threat landscape that US aerospace power faces. He lays out the challenges that the different threat actors, including near-peer competitors such as China and Russia bring in the aerospace domains, and explains the internal struggle to bring the aging fleets up-to-date and to fund the Space Force.
The episode wraps with a warm-up to the second episode in which fighter pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney and bomber pilot Mark “Gonzo” Gunzinger will explain the history leading to the current dilapidated state of the Air and Space Forces.