Flexibility is the Key to Airpower: The Past, Present, and Future of Aerial Refueling

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 12:00pm

E40-496 Pye Conference Room 1 Amherst Street, Cambridge

Special IAP Seminar hosted by the MIT Security Studies Program (SSP)



The technology and capability of aerial refueling provides the United States military with a unique ability to project power globally. Learn about the history of aerial refueling as well as its operational application. A historical and technical view of the capability will evolve into a broader discussion of the ways in which the US Air Force projects power in the 21st century.


Derrick McClain

Lieutenant Colonel Derrick McClain is the United States Air Force’s 2022-2023 MIT Security Studies Program Military Fellow. Before this assignment, he was Commander of the 3d Flying Training Squadron at Vance AFB, Oklahoma. As Commander, he organized, trained, and equipped 303 personnel to include students and instructors flying 38 T-1A aircraft to develop aviators enrolled in United States Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training.  


Sponsor:  MIT Security Studies Program (SSP)

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MIT is committed to providing an environment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If you need a disability related accommodation to attend or have other questions, please contact us at ssp-info@mit.edu.

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