Mitchell Institute Update
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to provide you with the written testimony of Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret) to the first hearing by the Subcommittee on Airland of the Senate Armed Services Committee this year on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 to discuss “All Arms Warfare in the 21st Century.”
Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute and his fellow panelists Col Douglas Macgregor, USA (Ret) Executive Vice President of the Burke-Macgregor Group and Mr. Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow and Director for The 20YY Warfare Initiative, Center for A New American Security each provided their assessment of the future of joint forces air-ground combat operations against peer and near peer competitors.
Deptula’s overarching points highlight that in order to best meet the challenges of future peer and near peer adversaries the department of defense must focus on two essential actions. First, unshackle the service-based organizational paradigms of the past and embrace more functional joint organizational constructs that integrates all of these elements. Second, rapidly capitalize on the capabilities of the information age to actualize the ubiquitous and seamless sharing of information across systems in every domain as a vision of the Department of Defense — a “combat cloud” for the future.