Aerospace Power:

An Imperative for the Nation

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Aerospace Power for the 21st Century

Aerospace power affords individuals at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of the national security enterprise highly effective options to deter adversaries, reassure allies, and project war-winning capabilities. In an era where the severity and volume of advanced threats is on a sharp ascent, these capabilities are exceedingly important. However, robust aerospace power is not a guarantee. It takes prudent leadership, an insightful vision, and dedicated investment.

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Our Research

1,763 Air Force F-35 Procurement Requirement to Outpace Advancing Threats

Flying & Fighting in the Modern Age

Employing successful modern combat aerospace power today and in the future demands questioning long-standing assumptions and seeking smarter ways of achieving desired mission goals.
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270 The Number of Bombers Required to Meet Real-World Demand

Future Trends

Individuals engaging in tomorrow’s aerospace domain, whether at the tactical, operational, or strategic levels, will face a future far different than what they experienced in the past. The last century saw aerospace power ascend in the industrial age, when the state of the art was governed by mechanical prowess.
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29.2 Average Age of an Aircraft in the Air Force Inventory

Dollars and Sense

The US Air Force is embarking upon a crucial modernization cycle. Presently, airmen are flying combat missions in aircraft that average over a quarter of a century in age. Said another way, many pilots are younger than the aircraft in which they are taking into the sky.
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386 The Number of Operational Squadrons Required by the US Air Force

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Media - News | Oct 03, 2019

The B-2 Bomber Has More Firepower Than an Aircraft Carrier

“The B-2 is one of the most game-changing aircraft ever built…and one of the most cost-effective. One B-2 can deliver the punch of an entire aircraft carrier air wing at several orders of magnitude less in operating cost and personnel,” Deptula said. When B-2 stealth bombers attacked Serbia on the opening night of Operation Allied […]
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