7th Annual West Coast Aerospace Forum

Lessons Learned from the Russia-Ukraine Conflict for the Pacific Theater

U.S Air Force crew chiefs conduct a basic post-flight inspection on an F-22 Raptor from the Hawaiian Raptor Expeditionary Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia

U.S Air Force crew chiefs conduct a basic post-flight inspection on an F-22 Raptor from the Hawaiian Raptor Expeditionary Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Northern Territory, Australia

Photo by Mysti Bicoy/U.S. Air National Guard

Event Details

Date:

Friday, December 2, 2022

Time:

7:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Pacific
Program begins at 8:25 a.m.

Meals:

Continental breakfast and lunch provided

Location:

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, please contact Evelyn Penna at (310) 393-0411 x7155 or epenna@rand.org.

About the Forum

RAND Project AIR FORCE, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, MITRE, the Aerospace Corporation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies invite you to the 2022 West Coast Aerospace Forum to discuss lessons learned from Russia's invasion of Ukraine and how those experiences will apply to security challenges in the Pacific theater and beyond. The day will start with General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, USAF (Ret.), former Commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and General Kenneth S. Wilsbach, Commander of Pacific Air Forces, discussing these challenges from a senior air commander perspective.

Forum Program

7:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:25 a.m.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
8:30 a.m.
Commanders' Perspective: The War in Ukraine and Implications for the Pacific AOR
  • Gen Ken Wilsbach, Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Air Component Commander, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command
  • Gen (Ret.) Jeffrey L. Harrigian, former Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, U.S. Air Forces Africa; Commander, Allied Air Command, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Moderator: Lt Gen David A. Deptula, USAF (Ret.), Dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

9:50 a.m.
Break
10:00 a.m.
Lessons for the Space Domain
  • Marin Halper, Vice President, Cross-Cutting Priorities, The MITRE Corporation
  • Debra Emmons, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Aerospace Corporation
  • Bruce McClintock, Lead, Space Enterprise Initiative; Senior Policy Researcher, The RAND Corporation
  • Moderator: Jamie M. Morin, Vice President, Defense Systems Operations, The Aerospace Corporation

11:00 a.m.
Break
11:10 a.m.
Lessons for Multi-domain Ops
12:10 p.m.
Proceed to Lunch (1st-floor courtyard)
1:00 p.m.
What Are China, Taiwan, and US Allies and Partners in the Indo-Pacific Learning from the War?
  • Nadia Schadlow, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute; former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, National Security Council
  • Christopher Johnstone, former Director for East Asia, National Security Council; Japan Chair and Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Evan Medeiros, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council; Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies and the Cling Family Senior Fellow in US-China Relations, Georgetown University
  • Moderator: Seth G. Jones, Senior Vice President and Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

2:00 p.m.
Break
2:10 p.m.
"Arsenal of Democracy": Lessons for the Industrial Base
  • Elbridge A. Colby, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense; CEO for Marathon Institute
  • Cynthia Cook, Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group, and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Obaid Younossi, Director, RAND Defense and Political Sciences Department; Senior Policy Researcher
  • Moderator: James Chow, Vice President and Director, RAND Project AIR FORCE, The RAND Corporation
3:10 p.m.
Forum Adjourns