ASOR: Air & Space Operations Review

In the first Tailwinds vodcast, four expert DoD scientists and engineers discuss the future of DoD Labs and the future of uniformed and civilian scientists and engineers associated with those labs. The roundtable features Dr. Edie Williams, Dr. John Fischer, Dr. Brian Fry and is moderated by Bob Kavetsky.

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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.


Unmanned Aerial Systems

  • Combat Drones in Ukraine
    Adam Lowther and Mahbube K. Siddiki

    Without a large conventional air force, the Ukrainian military is employing a number of high- and low-end imported and domestically produced drones to devastating effect against Russian forces.

  • Remotely Piloted Aircraft Control Latency during Air-to-Air Combat
    David L. Thirtyacre

    RPA command-and-control latency could play a significant role during beyond-line-of-sight engagements in future conflicts. This study finds technology-induced latency has a similar effect as slow human decision making resulting in lower performance.

  • Refocusing Reapers: Tangible Improvements Today That Prepare for the Future
    Geoffrey T. Barnes

    A two-stage approach will refocus MQ-9 training and development efforts for the remainder of its life to wring additional value from the weapon system and accelerate changes to meet future challenges.

Scientists and Engineers

  • DoD Labs: Back to the Future
    Edie Williams and John Fischer

    Current challenges facing the DoD Lab enterprise require rethinking the lab business model to retain the best of the workforce and leverage the broader US R&D ecosystem.


From Our Friends/Par Avion

  • Canada’s “Open Door” on 9/11: Adapting NORAD
    Anessa L. Kimball

    A retrospective analysis of NORAD’s response to 9/11 reveals its structural flexibility. Importantly, NORAD must engage with partners through identified processes to respond to continued continental and global uncertainties.

  • Hypersonics: Between Rhetoric and Reality
    David Pappalardo

    The changes that the deployment of hypersonics and other more accessible missile technologies could introduce into the French national defense strategy must continue to be assessed in both their offensive and defensive dimensions, nuclear as well as conventional, and within all armed services.

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