RAND Air and Space Research Forum

Perspectives on Optimizing the DAF for Great Power Competition

Seven F-35 Lightning IIs wait to take off for a U.S. Air Force Weapons School training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, photo by William Lewis/U.S. Air Force

Seven F-35 Lightning IIs wait to take off for a U.S. Air Force Weapons School training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, photo by William Lewis/U.S. Air Force

Event Details

Date:

May 9, 2024

Time:

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
(continental breakfast at 7:00 a.m.)

Location:

RAND
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, Virginia 22202-5050

Attire:

Uniform of the day for military; business attire for civilians

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Program

In February 2024, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall announced a major restructuring of the Department of the Air Force (DAF) to meet the challenges of great power competition. This goal permeates every part of the DAF enterprise. This year’s RAND Air and Space Research Forum will feature a series of discussions with experts on how the strategic landscape is evolving and what that future means for DAF force design, workforce, and critical operations.

To facilitate an open and timely exchange of ideas and information, this event is open to DAF uniformed and civilian personnel and employees of the RAND only. The event will take place in person only and will not be recorded.

Agenda

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
Check-In
  • Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:05 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
8:05 – 8:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Panel 1: The "New Axis of Evil"? The Future of China-Russia-Iran-DPRK Cooperation (UNCLASSIFIED)
9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Break and Networking
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Panel 2: Talent for the Future: Implications of Great Power Competition (UNCLASSIFIED)
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Break and Networking
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel 3: Implications of Red Logistics for USAF Planning (CLASSIFIED)
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Break for lunch
  • Boxed lunches will be available for a suggested donation of $15
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Panel 4: DAF Force Design for Great Power Competition (CLASSIFIED)
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Break and Networking
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Panel 5: Modernizing Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations: Lessons from Ukraine and Perspectives for Great Power Competition (CLASSIFIED)
3:30 p.m.
Forum Ends

Register for This Program

Please register online to attend. Contact pafforumteam@rand.org with questions about the event.