David A. Deptula is the Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies. He transitioned from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 at the rank of Lieutenant General after more than 34 years of service. General Deptula was commissioned in 1974 as a distinguished graduate of The University of Virginia Air Force ROTC program and remained to complete a master’s degree in 1976. During his military career, he took part in operations, planning, and joint warfighting at the unit, major command, service headquarters and combatant command levels, and also served on two congressional commissions outlining America’s future defense posture. He was a principal author of the original Air Force White Paper “Global Reach-Global Power.” In the early 1990s, he was instrumental in the formation and development of the concept later known as “effects-based operations,” having successfully applied it in building the attack plans for the Operation Desert Storm air campaign. He has been cited as having “… fostered the most significant change in the conduct of aerial warfare since Billy Mitchell…Deptula’s framework influenced the successful air campaigns in Operations Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. Today, joint targeting cells and Air Force doctrine
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