Friday, January 20, 2012

AFA’s Next ‘Mitchell Hour’ to Focus on Conducting Operations Against Anti-Access and Area-Denial Threats

AFA's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies will move forward this year in a new direction, offering even more monthly events with high quality reports and briefings that cover issues vital to airpower and national defense. Last week's Mitchell Hour was a great presentation by ... to kick of the year! The next Mitchell Hour will be a briefing by Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments regarding his latest report: “Outside-in: Operating from Range to Defeat Iran’s Anti-Access and Area-Denial Capabilities."
As Gunzinger explains in his report, “Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US military has been able to project power overseas with few serious challenges to its freedom of action. This ‘golden era’ for US power projection is drawing to a close. …Iran, in particular, has been investing in new capabilities that could be used to deter, delay, or prevent effective US military operations in the Persian Gulf.” The report proposes an operational concept to enable the US military’s freedom of action against this threat.

This briefing will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at AFA’s national headquarters at 1501 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA, next to the Key Bridge Marriott. The presentation will be in AFA’s fourth floor boardroom.

Gunzinger is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He has been a key player in every major defense review since the end of the Cold War. He supported the Air Force Secretary during the 1993 Bottom-Up Review, 1994 Commission on Roles and Missions, and the 2001 QDR. Most recently, he served as a senior advisor to the Air Force for the 2010 QDR.

Gunzinger is also the principal author or co-author of multiple Defense Planning Guidance/Guidance for Development of the Force directives, the key strategic planning guidance documents that shape DoD force planning.

All Mitchell Hours are free to the public. To register online for this event, go to Please RSVP by January 23, 2012.

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