ASOR: Air & Space Operations Review

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The journal encourages thoughtful debate in the form of scholarly feedback to our articles. For publication consideration, reviews/commentaries on our articles must range between 1,000 and 2,000 words, be appropriately footnoted (narrative footnotes are not permitted), and upon acceptance, will be sent to the article author for an opportunity to respond to the critique. Once finalized, the resulting review and reply will be featured in an upcoming journal issue.

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Tailwinds Podcast

  1. Tailwinds Episode 5 Lt Col Dan Sanders

    Lt Col Dan Sanders, PhD, discusses his Air & Space Operations Review article from our Summer 2022 issue, "Space Force Culture: A Dialogue of Competing Traditions," in which he argues that four historical cultural traditions exist in the Space Force: engineers, operators, integrators, and warfighters. This history has implications for service culture; Space Force leaders wanting to shape service culture should understand these traditions at work today.
    10/17/2022
  2. Tailwinds Ep 4 WilmerBettinger

    The latest episode of Tailwinds features 1st Lt Adam Wilmer and Lt Col Robert Bettinger, PhD, discussing their article, "Beyond the High Ground: A Taxonomy for Earth-Moon System Operations," featured in the Summer 2022 issue of Air & Space Operations Review.
    9/23/2022
  3. Tailwinds Episode 3, Dr. Brian Fry

    In this episode of Tailwinds, we visit with Dr. Brian Fry about his articles, "Mobilizing Uniformed Scientists and Engineers," in the Fall 2021 issue of Air & Space Power Journal and "Taking the Brakes Off Uniformed Scientists and Engineers," in the Spring 2022 issue of Air & Space Operations Review."
    7/11/2022

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Talent Management

  • Antifragile Air Force: Building Talent for the High-End Fight
    Joseph C. Hoecherl, David Schulker, Zachary T. Hornberger, and Matthew Walsh

    The US Air Force’s approach to retention and pay creates an expensive force that undercompensates those performing many of its most critical skills. A two-pronged approach will modernize compensation based on quantifiable skillsets and change the regular Air Force’s retention-management outlook to encompass the Air Reserve Components.


  • Incentivizing Innovation: Promoting Technical Competency to Win Wars
    James E. Bevins

    Most current Air Force efforts to add science and technology talent have been insufficient. Several key initiatives, grounded in behavioral economics, can incentivize innovation, reform institutional culture, and unleash the creativity and talent of the officer corps.


  • Air Mobility Intelligence: Survivability in the Contested Environment
    Phillip Surrey

    Instead of providing mobility-focused intelligence at tempo, the rapid global mobility intelligence architecture is more suited to a set-piece Cold War. Mobility intelligence must be better integrated into operational planning, led by an SIO who can operate across service and Joint boundaries.


Research and Operations

  • Forged at the Edge of Chaos: Emergent Function Weapons
    Michael W. Byrnes and Aubrey L. Olson

    Emergent function weapons operate as complex adaptive systems whose battlefield functions manifest only from emergent behavior at scale. Accordingly, the military must establish a defense research program that leverages contemporary advances in behavioral robotics.


  • Contested Agile Combat Employment: A Site-Selection Methodology
    Zachary T. Moer, Christopher M. Chini, Peter P. Feng, and Steven J. Schuldt

    Numerous factors complicate ACE site-selection decisions including peer-to-peer threats, complex geopolitics, and resource requirements. The proposed site-selection framework identifies existing airports best suited for strategic utilization to support combatant commands as they optimize agile combat employment infrastructure.


Book Reviews

  • Book Reviews
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    Book reviews for the ASOR Fall 2022 Edition


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