Air power in an increasingly uncertain world: A discussion with US Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley (ret.)
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According to 18th Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley, the US Air Force is on a dangerous course that could make conflict more likely in the future. On Thursday, in a talk cohosted by the Air Force Association and AEI, General Moseley reviewed the current state of the Air Force and concluded that budget cuts were undermining the service's ability to organize, train, and equip for combat.

He detailed how past conflicts have found the US unprepared, and underscored his fears that the Air Force would not be ready in the future, leading to deadly consequences.  The former Chief of Staff contrasted this lack of preparedness with the true measure of military success: amassing a force so formidable that it shapes international politics in a way that avoids conflict in the first place.
--Chas Morrison

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The Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute and AEI’s Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies invite you to a forum with the 18th Air Force Chief of Staff General T. Michael Moseley (ret.) to discuss the imperative for air power in an increasingly uncertain world.

The effects of sequestration and the challenges of sustaining ongoing combat operations and building the future force are great concerns for the men and women of the US Air Force. General Moseley will discuss these issues in the context of air power’s critical role in empowering and sustaining American global leadership.


9:15 AM

9:30 AM
Lt. Gen. David Deptula (ret.), Air Force Association
Mackenzie Eaglen, AEI

Gen. T. Michael Moseley, US Air Force (ret.)

10:30 AM

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For more information, please contact Charles Morrison at, 202.862.5945.

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  • Mackenzie Eaglen has worked on defense issues in the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff. She specializes in defense strategy, budget, military readiness and the defense industrial base. In 2010, Ms. Eaglen served as a staff member of the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established to assess the Pentagon's major defense strategy. A prolific writer on defense related issues, she has also testified before Congress.


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