West Coast Aerospace Forum: Air and Space Power in a Multi-Domain World

Hosted ByThe RAND Corporation
Event Details
DateDecember 1, 2017
Time8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Address1776 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401Map

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Successful military operations in the modern age rely on the ability to effectively harness multi-domain capabilities, with information serving as the key lynchpin to put the right assets in place at the proper time to best achieve desired effects. This presents a new paradigm for the Department of Defense, one in which information stands as a co-equal to traditional elements of hardware—things like planes, ships, tanks, and satellites.

This evolution has major implications across the span of military activities—from leadership functions and strategy development to innovation and acquisition. It also involves changes in the threat environment, with adversaries seeking to disrupt multi-domain functions by contesting the flow of vital information.

In an era where resources are constrained and threats are evolving, what are key considerations leaders should consider as they seek to project power across all domains? What does this portend for the kind of force we build and the means by which we acquire? Are there new implications for how we envision operations at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels?

The West Coast Aerospace Forum is a rare opportunity to engage with some of the Air Force’s most senior and experienced leaders as well as top civilian national security experts in a setting that encourages debate and discussion.

This event is made possible by the generous support of The RAND Corporation, The Aerospace Corporation, The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, and the Center for Strategic and International StudiesAerospace Security Project.

Forum Program

8:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks

  • Dr. Ted Harshberger: Vice President and Director, RAND Project AIR FORCE
  • Lt Gen (ret) Dave Deptula: Dean, Mitchell Institute
9:00 a.m.
Leadership and the Path to Securing 21st Century Multi-Domain Capabilities

  • Gen Terrence O’Shaughnessy: Commander, Pacific Air Forces

Moderated by: Lt Gen (ret) Dave Deptula

10:10 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Smarter Acquisition: Industry Perspective

  • Lt Col (ret) John Baum: Vice President, Strategic Projects & Security, Draken International, Inc.
  • Ms. Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux: Managing Partner, Global Space Ventures; Co-Founder, Escape Dynamics
  • Mr. Barry Matsumori: CEO, BridgeSat Inc.

Moderated by: Dr. Jamie Morin, Executive Director, Center for Space Policy and Strategy, The Aerospace Corporation

11:40 a.m.
Lunch Session – Space as a Warfighting Domain

  • Maj Gen Cathy Chilton: Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command

Moderated by: Dr. Ted Harshberger

1:00 p.m.
Acquisition at the Speed of Combat, Not Bureaucracy

  • Lt Gen John Thompson: Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Lt Gen Arnold Bunch: Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
  • Mr. Randall Walden: Director, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office
  • Mr. Raj Shah: Managing Partner, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental

Moderated by: Mr. Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

2:10 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Vectors Towards the Future Multi-Domain Air Force

  • Maj Gen Peter Gersten: Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center
  • Brig Gen Chance Saltzman: Director of Current Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
  • Brig Gen Alexus Grynkewich: Deputy Director, Global Operations, Joint Staff

Moderated by: Lt Gen (ret) Dave Deptula