For Immediate Release
January 17, 2012
Director of AFA’s Mitchell Institute Steps Down
Arlington, VA – Dr. Rebecca Grant, the director of the Gen. Billy Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies, is stepping down from her position, the Air Force Association (AFA) announced today.
The Mitchell Institute is AFA’s research and policy arm, based in the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Grant, who was its founding director, led the organization’s research and publication work for more than three years.
AFA President Mike Dunn announced that Dr. Grant will depart effective January 17, 2012.
“Rebecca Grant has contributed much to the field of airpower and has demonstrated great passion for the subject in her many reports for the Mitchell Institute,” Dunn said. “We owe her a big debt of gratitude for all she has done for this Association, and we wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Dr. Grant said she will continue to manage her consulting firm, IRIS Independent Research, specializing in airpower research. However, she said, budget pressures have compelled AFA to scale back its research efforts, including the popular Mitchell Paper series.
“One of AFA’s missions is to provide honest information about airpower,” Grant said. “The Mitchell Institute made a real contribution to that work and I am proud of the reports we published and the public events that kept the focus on airpower – air, space and cyber – and its value to national security.”
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