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The Navy and Marine Corps are selling their future role, but that doesn’t mean air power advocates aren’t making their case for reach, speed, flexibility and deterrent power — all with minimal entanglement. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dave Deptula, one of the architects of the successful 1991 Gulf War air campaign and air power strategist, is now the dean of the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies, affiliated with the Air Force Association, with AFA’s Doug Birkey as the institute’s executive director. Rebecca Grant, founder of IRIS Independent Research, is a vocal advocate, as is Mark Gunzinger, a retired Air Force colonel and B-52 bomber pilot who was conventional forces chief at the Pentagon before joining the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and AEI’s Misha Auslin. Retired Gen. Chuck Wald, a top Deloitte executive, is another strong voice, and retired Gen. T. Michael “Buzz” Moseley, former Air Force chief of staff, is taking a more public role.


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