AFA's Upcoming Mitchell Hour: Shaping America's Future Military - Toward a New Force Planning Construct

Aug 14, 2013, 08:30 ET from Air Force Association

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies welcomes Mark Gunzinger from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments as the guest speaker for an upcoming Mitchell Hour event.

WHO: Mark Gunzinger is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Mr. Gunzinger has served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Transformation and Resources. He is the principal author or co-author of multiple Defense Planning Guidance directives, key strategic planning documents that shape Department of Defense force planning. For Mr. Gunzinger's full bio please visit the CSBA website.

WHAT: Mr. Gunzinger will discuss his recent report: "Shaping America's Future Military – Toward a New Force Planning Construct" which assesses the effectiveness of force planning constructs harnessed by the Department of Defense over the last 20 years. He also offers options for a new paradigm to better align strategies and resources.

WHY: As Mr. Gunzinger states in his study: "Creating a force planning construct that will help maintain the U.S. military's comparative advantages in the future at the expense of preparing for the last year will require difficult choices. During QDR, the Pentagon has the opportunity to take a different approach to force planning, one that will help create a new baseline that guides the development of its future force, rather than add another layer of planning priorities on top of existing guidance."

WHEN: Monday, August 19th, 2013 9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Air Force Association Board Room
4th Floor 1501 Lee Hwy
Arlington, Va. 22209 

All Mitchell Hours are free to the public. To register for this event, go to For additional information, contact Rachel Zimmerman at

The Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies is an independent, non-profit research, studies, and analysis organization founded by the Air Force Association. It takes its name from America's most famous and arguably greatest airman, Brig. Gen. William Mitchell. The Institute seeks to carry on, in the modern day, General Mitchell's tireless and dedicated effort to expand airpower thinking and increase public awareness of the need for this unique military instrument. For more information, visit

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