4th Annual West Coast Aerospace Forum

F-35 Lightning aircraft from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., prepare for takeoff at Barksdale AFB

Creating the Future Aerospace Force

F-35 Lightning aircraft prepare for takeoff at Barksdale AFB

Photo by Lillian Miller/U.S. Air Force

Event Details


Friday, November 30, 2018


8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Program begins at 8:55 a.m.


Continental breakfast and lunch provided


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Complimentary parking at RAND

Register for the Forum

Registration for this event has closed. For general questions about attendance, or to update an existing registration, please contact Evelyn Penna at 310-393-0411 x7155 or Evelyn_Penna@rand.org.

About the Forum

The West Coast Aerospace Forum provides a rare chance 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, discussion, and audience interaction.

This year, the Forum's panel discussions will focus on the challenges confronting the Air Force as it crafts a future force that meets the needs of our nation.

Forum Program

7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Check-in and coffee
8:55 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:00 a.m.
A Conversation on the Findings of the National Defense Strategy Commission
10:10 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
A New Era of Competition: Innovative Technology and Operational Concepts
11:40 a.m.
Lunch Session—The Human Dimension: Creating the Future Airmen We Need
1:00 p.m.
Are We Moving Fast Enough?: Rapidly Transforming Ideas and Prototypes into Real Capabilities
2:10 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Can We Afford the Future Air Force?: Overcoming Resource Challenges


Mr. Chris Brose, Aspen Strategy Group Member

Mr. Brad Carson, Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Maj Gen Clinton E. Crosier, Director, Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC)

Ms. Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Lt Gen, USAF, ret. Dave Deptula, Dean, Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

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

Dr. Ted Harshberger, Vice President and Director, RAND Project AIR FORCE

Dr. James Hasik, Associate Professor of the Practice of Industrial Studies, the Eisenhower School, National Defense University

Mr. Andrew Hunter, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Radha Iyengar Plumb, Economist, The RAND Corporation

Ms. Tina Jonas, Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dr. Timothy Kane, JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University

Dr. William LaPlante, Senior Vice President and General Manager for MITRE National Security Sector (MNS)

Dr. Thomas Mahnken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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

Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

Dr. Greg Spanjers, Chief Scientist, Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (SDPE) Directorate

Col Frederick Thaden, Director, Talent Management Innovation Cell

Maj Gen Stephen C. Williams, Director of Air and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces