It’s been a busy and somewhat bizarre week in military aviation, and Richard Aboulafia, the world’s leading aviation market analyst, joins us to help break it down. Whether it’s missing F-35s, Polish fighter acquisition, or new aircraft types on the ramp, he brings the insights. And it’s all powered by GE Aerospace!
There’s a hot war in Europe, and the man in charge of United States interests in that part of the world, General James “Scorch” Hecker, joins us with the latest from the forward edge. And it’s avgeek prom time in Washington; we review the Air and Space Forces Association’s Air/Space/Cyber convention with John Tirpak of Air and Space Forces Magazine. It’s the latest from around the world!
On September 5th, Air Force secretary Frank Kendall sent a letter to the entire service outlining a new initiative to rebuild and re-organize the Air Force. Just before he released that letter, he sat down with The Air Power Podcast to discuss the motives behind and goals for that reorganization, along with other major Air Force issues.
In particular, he was very blunt and impassioned about Senator Tommy Tuberville’s continuing hold on the military promotion and reassignment process.
Because he was making timely news, we are getting this program into your hands a day early.
Spirit Aerosystems is well known for its commercial work, but they’re making a big move into the defense business, and the head of that operation tells us about it. And the Air Force’s futurist, retired Lieutenant General Clint “Q” Hinote, joins us to preview the Air Force Association Air Space Cyber conference coming up in a couple of weeks. Plus this week’s headlines in air power!
The first rule of Fighter Club… is that we talk about Fighter Club. With countries around the world working on their own fighter aircraft, Richard Aboulafia, the world’s preeminent aviation analyst, tells us how the U.S. created a market for them – and how the U.S. might profit off them. And we have this week’s headlines in air power.
Airpower doesn’t work if the pylons and racks are empty. Tyler Hacker of CSBA joins us to discuss his new report on future munitions and production challenges. And one Air Guard unit’s innovative outreach to get young people interested in things with wings. Of course, the hot headlines in airpower live here. It’s a blast!
The U.S. Air Force has a new Chief of Staff on the way. We asked a panel of airpower thinkers to fill in the new Chief’s agenda, and the results are fascinating. And there’s a new fighter in European skies, but with a familiar shape. The man at its controls tells us all about this historic project. And air power headlines? We’ve got them!
The U.S. Air Force just passed a milestone with its first use of a commercial contract tanker. We discuss what it means and hear from the company that made it happen. And CSIS guru Tom Karako on the latest in air and missile defense. Plus your headlines in airpower!
The F-35 Lightning II is the biggest program in military history, and it deserves the…
Airpower is everywhere in this week’s Air Power podcast, powered by GE Aerospace. Vago reports from the Air Chiefs’ Conference and Royal International Air Tattoo in England, including a discussion with former Air Marshal Greg Bagwell about the major issues. And he also speaks with brigadier general Marc LaBouil of the French air and space forces, who is leading a remarkable French deployment to Asia. Of course, there are the weeks headlines in airpower. And we apologize for some audio variability; we were both on the road this week, so it may not sound quite as smooth as usual – but the information is there and it’s good!