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The future of American air power

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China’s growing military power and Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling amidst its war in Ukraine shine a spotlight on the importance of American air power and its role in the nation’s defense. Now housing two separate services — the Air Force and the Space Force — the Department of the Air Force’s proposed budget for FY2023 would grow to $194 billion, an increase of 7% from $182 billion in FY2022, of which $169.5 billion would go to the Air Force. While the Air Force is aiming to cut numerous aircraft, it also seeks to provide more funding for other capabilities, including hypersonics and a replacement to the aging Airborne Warning and Control System. At stake are also long-term trends in air power, including unmanned systems.

On May 2, Brookings hosted an event to discuss the future of American air power, and the Department of the Air Force’s role in deterring potential aggressors.

Viewers submitted questions by emailing or on Twitter using #AirPower.

Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, and Northrop Grumman are donors to the Brookings Institution. Brookings recognizes that the value it provides is in its absolute commitment to quality, independence, and impact. Activities supported by its donors reflect this commitment.



A conversation with Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall

The view from industry


Kevin Mickey

Sector Vice President and General Manager, Air Dominance Division - Northrop Grumman


Mike Moeller

Vice President for Business Development and International Programs - Pratt & Whitney

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