David Deptula


Increasing political tensions with China & Russia are shifting America’s defense focus from the Middle-East to the South Pacific and Eastern Europe – but after 20 years in the desert, is our military prepared for the change? We’re joined today by Lieutenant General David Deptula (ret.) to discuss the future of air power in the 21st century. Gen. Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat.

About Our Guest

General Deptula serves as the Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies. Gen Deptula is a world-recognized leader and pioneer in conceptualizing, planning, and executing national security operations from humanitarian relief to major combat.  He transitioned from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 at the rank of Lieutenant General after more than 34 years of service.

He was the principal attack planner for the Desert Storm coalition air campaign in 1991. He has twice been a Joint Task Force Commander – in 1998/1999 for Operation Northern Watch during a period of renewed Iraqi aggression where he flew 82 combat missions, and for Operation Deep Freeze, supporting forces in Antarctica. In 2001, the general served as Director of the Combined Air Operations Center for Operation Enduring Freedom, where he orchestrated air operations over Afghanistan during the period of decisive combat. In 2005, he was the Joint Force Air Component Commander for Operation Unified Assistance, the South Asia tsunami relief effort, and in 2006 he was the standing Joint Force Air Component Commander for Pacific Command. These are only a few of the many accolades, honors, and accomplishments that he has accrued over the course of his career.