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How Actual F-35A Pilots Assess the Aircraft

The first USAF F-35A fighter wing is now fully operational. The Heritage Foundation had a recent unique opportunity to conduct structured interviews with 30 F-35A combat pilots—21 previously experienced former fourth-generation fighter pilots, 9 pilots in their first fighter assignment, as well as senior operations and maintenance leaders at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), UT. Their collective perspectives and insights—the good and the bad—have been analyzed and form the basis for a new groundbreaking Heritage Foundation report: The F-35A—The Most Dominant Multirole Fighter in the World. Join us for a unique opportunity to discuss the major findings of the report, including a direct comparison of the F-35A to other fourth-generation fighters including the F-15, and a robust exchange with those in attendance.

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Re-Designing the Marine Corps for Future War: Necessity or Madness?

General David H. Berger, Marine Corps Commandant, is aggressively pushing a dramatic redesign of the Corps for future war incorporating new missiles, advanced sensors, unmanned platforms, and hypervelocity weapons. HisForce Design 2030effort has drawn enthusiastic support from those who agree that the Corps must change to remain relevant on a more lethal battlefield. But it has generated an equally fervent amount of criticism from others who think the effort is overly focused on China—rendering the Corps irrelevant across a range of other potentially more likely scenarios. To achieve its vision, the Corps is doing away with tanks, reducing conventional artillery, shrinking units, and placing new demands on the Navy, already struggling to modernize its fleet. But it is adding anti-ship missiles, doubling-down on unmanned systems, and reenergizing a profound discussion about the importance of naval power.Will a redesigned Corps make it irrelevant for land operations against conventional militaries of larger state powers or irregular forces like terrorist groups? Or are General Berger’s designs essential to America’s future ability to conduct nearly any military operation in any theater against a host of potential enemies?Join us for an in-depth conversation about all of this with nationally recognized experts who hold informed opinions on both sides of this issue: Dr. Frank G. Hoffman, Lt. Col. USMCR (Ret.), Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University, and Mark F. Cancian, Colonel, USMCR (Ret.), Senior Advisor, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies.