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Battle Networks and the Future Force

As the first in a series that explores the future of battle networks in the U.S. military—what has become known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2)—this paper examines the importance of battle networks to modern military operations and presents a framework of five functional elements that make up a battle network. This framework provides a common basis for conceptualizing and comparing existing systems and proposed new capabilities in terms of how they contribute to JADC2. 

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Rethinking the Role of Remotely Crewed Systems in the Future Force

driven by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), many senior military and political leaders lamented the effects these cuts were having on the U.S. military. In a major speech on national security during the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump called for significant increases in the military and promised to “submit a new budget to […]

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West Coast Aerospace Forum: An Air and Space Force Designed for the Future

Hosted ByThe RAND Corporation

The West Coast Aerospace Forum is an annual conference co-sponsored by the CSIS Aerospace Security Project, the RAND Corporation, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. This year’s event will be hosted at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters. The West Coast Aerospace Forum provides a rare chance to engage with some of the […]

Time7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LocationRAND Headquarters

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The Air Force of the Future

What will the U.S. Air Force look like in 2030? What combination of aircraft will be needed to face the threats of the future? Three different organizations were tasked by Congress to figure out just that: the U.S. Air Force, the MITRE Corporation, and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. These three studies vary in their approach, methodology, and detail. During this discussion, Todd Harrison will release his assessment of the three studies. Mr. Harrison will be joined by a stellar panel of airpower experts to lend their thoughts on the future construct of the U.S. Air Force. 

Time3:00 - 5:00pm
Location1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington D.C. 20036

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