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May 4th Mitchell Hour

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)

May 4th Mitchell Hour

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The Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies

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May 4th Mitchell Hour


Guest Speakers

 Ken Allen and Kevin Pollpeter

  The Chinese PLA Air Force and space program


The Mitchell institute invites you to a Mitchell Hour with Kevin Pollpeter, Deputy Director of the East Asia Program at Defense Group Inc, and Ken Allen, Senior China Analyst at Defense Group Inc. They will discuss the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force and space program.


Ken Allen is a retired USAF officer (1971-1992) with over 30 years of analytic work on China. He currently works at Defense Group Inc. (DGI) as a Senior China Analyst, focusing on Chinese military issues with a focus on the PLA Air Force. He previously served as an enlisted Chinese linguist at NSA and in Taiwan, and as a Russian linguist in Berlin. After OTS, he served in Japan (5th Air Force), PACAF Headquarters, China, and as an instructor in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Attaché School. While assigned as the Assistant Air Attaché to China from 1987-1989, he received the Director of Central Intelligence’s Outstanding Collector Award and was inducted into DIA’s Defense Attaché Hall of Fame in 1997. He holds a BA from the University of California at Davis and the University of Maryland, and an MA in International Relations from Boston University. He is the author of multiple books, studies, articles and monographs on Chinese military affairs.


Kevin Pollpeter is the Deputy Director of the East Asia Program at Defense Group Inc.  He is widely published on China national security issues, with a focus on China’s space program.  His recent publications include, “Upward and Onward: Technological Innovation and Organizational Change in China's Space Industryin the Journal of Strategic Studies (June 2011) and "China's Space Doctrine"in Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein, eds., Chinese Aerospace Power (Naval Institute Press, 2011).  A Chinese linguist, he holds an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Friday, May 4, 2012

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



Air Force Association Board Room, 4th Floor
1501 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22209


Parking and Transportation

Free parking is available in the AFA garage.

Closest Metro Station is the Rosslyn Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)



Military: Uniform of the day

Civilian: Business Attire


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Contact: Rachel Zimmerman


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When & Where

1501 Lee Highway
4th Floor
Arlington, 22209

Friday, May 4, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)

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The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace 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. The Institute is based in the Washington, D.C. area.

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