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Volume 30 Issue 4, Winter 2016

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The Fifth-Generation Fighter Pilot Force
The Fifth-Generation Fighter Pilot Force

Col John D. Jogerst, USAF, Retired
 
The high cost of new weapons systems limits the number the United States can afford and constrains combat capability. The article looks at the cost and impact of regaining this capability by increasing fighter crew ratios. This plan will generate...Article Summary


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Mission Assurance through Integrated Cyber Defense
Mission Assurance through Integrated Cyber Defense

Col William D. Bryant, USAF
 
The best way to defend cyber physical and information technology systems is through a combination of defense in depth, resiliency, and active defense. We rely on our systems to accomplish our missions, but we generally design them for a...


Operational Assessment: So How Are We Doing?
Operational Assessment: So How Are We Doing?

Lt Col James S. Welshans, EdD, USAF, Retired / Lt Col Charles Owen, PhD, USAF, Retired / Dr. Alice M. Mulvehill / Col Calvin W. Hickey, USAF, Retired / Robert J. Farrell Jr., DAF, DR-III
 
Planning without assessing is like shooting in the dark with your eyes closed. The commander who cannot assess ongoing operations and relevant nonoperational events accurately and rapidly is a commander who cannot make good resource-allocation and...


Suborbital Strike! The Use of Commerical Suborbital Spacecraft for Strike Missions
Suborbital Strike! The Use of Commerical Suborbital Spacecraft for Strike Missions

Capt Daniel J. House, USAF / Dr. John Tiller / Dr. John Rushing
 
The five aspects of aircraft survivability are speed, altitude, emissions control, battle damage absorption, and connectivity. In recent years, the US Air Force has concentrated wholly on emissions control and connectivity as the means for...


Selecting Qualified Airmen for the Cyber Mission Force: The Pitfalls of Hiring Operational
Selecting Qualified Airmen for the Cyber Mission Force: The Pitfalls of Hiring Operational

Maj David J. Ortiz, USAFR
 
The Air Force and other services are having difficulty manning cyber operations and intelligence professionals for US Cyber Command’s Cyber Mission Force (CMF) teams trained within the National Security Agency (NSA). The problem of finding qualified...


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The Trilateral Strategic Initiative: A Primer for Developing Future Airpower Cooperation
The Trilateral Strategic Initiative: A Primer for Developing Future Airpower Cooperation

Col Peter Goldfein, USAF / Wing Cdr André Adamson, RAF, PhD
 
Air operations are increasingly executed by coalition forces. In “The Trilateral Strategic Initiative: A Primer for Developing Future Airpower Cooperation,” Col Peter Goldfein and Wing Cdr André Adamson present the concept of the Trilateral...


C4ISR via Dark Webs: An Alternative Concept for Protecting Critical Information in Contested Cyberspace Environments
C4ISR via Dark Webs: An Alternative Concept for Protecting Critical Information in Contested Cyberspace Environments

Capt Kyle L. Bingman, USAF
 
The Air Force is perhaps the service most reliant on networked technology and information sharing for mission success, yet its current method of cyber defense consistently fails to reliably protect critical information. “Defense in depth,” as it...


Schriever Essay Winners

Forging Tomorrow's Air, Space, and Cyber War Fighters: Recommendations for Integration and Development
Forging Tomorrow's Air, Space, and Cyber War Fighters: Recommendations for Integration and Development

Lt Col Mark Reith, USAF
 
Today's Airmen operate in contested environments, and years of technical-data spillage, coupled with policies emphasizing commercial-off-the-shelf acquisition, ensure that the immediate future will remain contested as our adversaries seek to...


The Changing Face of the War Fighter
The Changing Face of the War Fighter

Capt Justin Ryan Thornton, USAF

 
After the Chinese antisatellite missile test in 2007 and Russia's successful flight test of an antisatellite missile in May 2016, space no longer remains an uncontested mission area for any spacefaring nation. Similarly, the attack on the Pentagon's...


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