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Volume 33 Issue 1, Spring 2019

  • Small Unmanned Aerial Systems and Tactical Air Control

    Maj Jules "Jay" Hurst, USAR
    The dominion of the air domain during war has long belonged to the wealthiest militaries. The complications of placing combatants in the air domain and the lack of terrain to mitigate technological overmatch make airpower a rich man’s game. Increasingly capable small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) threaten to change this dynamic by providing a pathway for impoverished militaries to control the air domain at the tactical level, but they also offer advanced militaries opportunities to push air platforms down to lower-ground echelons inexpensively
  • Twenty-First Century Deterrence in the Space War-Fighting Domain

    Twenty-First Century Deterrence in the Space War-Fighting Domain: Not Your Father's Century, Deterrence, or Domain

    Maj Bryan Boyce, USA, Retired
    Deterrence for the twenty-first century will not be the nuclear deterrence that keeps superpowers from engaging each other or the ad-hoc conventional deterrence that fails to keep perhaps thousands of smaller conflicts from erupting across the globe. Effective twenty-first century deterrence will have to be national and multinational, multidiscipline, and multidomain, combining diplomatic, informational, military, and economic means to prevent terrestrial conflicts from extending to space.
  • Joint Mission Control: From Component to Joint Leadership of All-Domain Missions

    Joint Mission Control: From Component to Joint Leadership of All-Domain Missions

    Capt Matthew B. Chapman, USAF
    Lt Col Gerrit H. Dalman, USAF
    The joint force can no longer rely on superior technology to maintain a competitive advantage against its adversaries. Rather, the American military’s enduring asymmetric strength must rely on its ability to command and control (C2) a diversity of multidomain capabilities faster and more effectively than the enemy. The answer must be a joint solution, built to integrate and battle manage multidomain effects at the tactical level.
  • Everyone Gets a Vote: 360 Assessments and the Human Factors System

    Everyone Gets a Vote: 360 Assessments and the Human Factors System

    Maj Zach Fisher, USAF
    Every year, USAF officers receive an Officer Performance Report (OPR) from their rater. Over time, those OPRs determine the officer’s career development. Raters score their subordinates’ reports based on any number of factors, but the end state is the same: the officers who impress their bosses the most will likely become bosses themselves. Peer and subordinate feedback have no formalized role in the officer evaluation process, leaving raters without critical data that would be useful in assessing officer performance.
  • Schriever Essay Awards
    • Three Competing Options for Acquiring Innovation

      An Economic Approach to Deterrence 

      2nd Lt Tucker Hutchinson, USAF

      This article explores how the US can use economic policy to deter in space effectively. It identifies China and Russia as revisionist powers and the primary competition for the US. Furthermore, it explores China’s and Russia’s motives and methods of achieving power to understand how the US can use economic policy to deter.

    • A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

      By: Joshua Kurlantzick
      Reviewer: Col John L. Conway, USAF, Retired
      The author, Joshua Kurlantzick, takes his title from a quote by the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1966. If this was indeed a serious observation, it is never explained. However, the book’s subtitle introduces its actual focus: Laos was the first of many CIA-run wars, followed in subsequent decades by others in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East.
    • Apollo Pilot: The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele

      By: Donn Eisele
      Reviewer: SSgt Aaron Tobler, USAF
      The 1961–75 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Apollo space program brought to the fore unparalleled technological advancements and human ingenuity. For many, this is perhaps best highlighted by Neil Armstrong’s “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” with Apollo 11.  
    • Wings of Valor: Honoring America's Fighter Aces

      By: Nick Del Calzo and Peter Collier
      Reviewer: Maj Peter L. Belmonte, USAF, Retired
      The American public has been fascinated by aces—aviators who have downed at least five enemy aircraft—since the term first came into use during World War I. As of May 2015, only 76 American aces still lived. In this book, author Peter Collier and photographer Nick Del Calzo have given us a lasting tribute to these men. 
    • The History of Human Space Flight

      By: Ted Spitzmiller
      Reviewer: Joseph T. Page II
      There’s a lot to cover in a book claiming to capture “The History of Human Space Flight.” With that lofty goal in mind, Mr. Spitzmiller does an admirable job. The book stretches from the eighteenth century ballooning into the present day of the human-inhabited International Space Station and tacks on a minor chapter of “Where do we go next?”
    • Flying Man: Hugo Junkers and the Dream of Aviation

      By: Richard Byers
      Reviewer: Col William J. Ott, USAF, Retired
      Richard Byers successfully categorizes Hugo Junkers a German engineer and aircraft designer, into the role he played in the development of aviation versus that of assisting the Third Reich. The latter was a more common portrayal resulting from the vast numbers of Junkers-titled aircraft the Luftwaffe used during World War II. 



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