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Volume 29 Issue 2, Mar-Apr 2015

Feature Articles 

Sea-Land Basing of Air Refueling Forces: A Concept for Resiliency and Efficiency
Sea-Land Basing of Air Refueling Forces: A Concept for Resiliency and Efficiency

Dr. Robert C. Owen
 
This article presents a concept for operating US Air Force air refueling forces at expeditionary bases in the face of modern antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) threats. Given the proliferation of robust A2/AD capabilities in the hands of potential... 


Building a Partnership between the United States and India: Exploring Airpower's Potential
Building a Partnership between the United States and India: Exploring Airpower's Potential

Dr. Adam B. Lowther / Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
 
This article examines current and prospective opportunities for the United States Air Force and the Indian Air Force to collaborate in the development of airpower diplomacy as a means of building partnerships. In suggesting that soft power plays an... 


The SAC Mentality: The Origins of Strategic Air Command's Organizational Culture, 1948-51
The SAC Mentality: The Origins of Strategic Air Command's Organizational Culture, 1948-51

Dr. Melvin G. Deaile
 
For four decades, Strategic Air Command (SAC) stood out as the organization responsible for deterring the Cold War. From its inception, SAC began to develop its own unique organizational culture commonly known as the “SAC mentality.” The... 


Common Sense: Improving the Efficacy of Wide Area Surveillance
Common Sense: Improving the Efficacy of Wide Area Surveillance

Hugh McFadden Jr.
 
Wide area surveillance (WAS) systems provide a distinctive ability to monitor a significant portion of a threat's physical operating environment. The importance of this capability has driven defense research and acquisition investments toward... 


The Rise of IPv6: Benefits and Costs of Transforming Military Cyberspace
The Rise of IPv6: Benefits and Costs of Transforming Military Cyberspace

Dr. Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos
 
Unbeknownst to many people, the fundamental structure of the Internet is changing for the first time in its history with the exhaustion of Internet protocol version four (IPv4) and the transition towards IPv6. The Air Force has a tremendous... 


Ricochets and Replies 

Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Organizing, Training, and Equipping to Get it Right
Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Organizing, Training, and Equipping to Get it Right

Mr. Mike Snelgrove / Capt Jaylan Haley, USAF / Capt Adam B. Young, USAF (response to Snelgrove and Haley)
 
In the January-February 2015 issue of Air and Space Power Journal, Capt Adam Young in his article "Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Organizing, Training, and Equipping to Get It Right," astutely presented a model... 


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Twenty-First-Century Aerial Mining
Twenty-First-Century Aerial Mining

Col Michael W. Pietrucha, USAFR
 
On 23 September 2014, a B-52H bomber at high altitude north of Guam accomplished an aviation first--the release of a winged, precision aerial mine. This effort marked the first advance in aerial mine-delivery techniques since 1943, demonstrating a... 


Reawaken the American Spirit of Innovation in Your Organization
Reawaken the American Spirit of Innovation in Your Organization

Col Stephen B. Waller, USAF
 
This article addresses the importance of reinvigorating the innovative spirit that historically has marked the American people, particularly aviation pioneers. It also provides methods that leaders, organizations, and individuals may use to foster... 


Selected Air University Research

Changing the Air Force Narrative
Changing the Air Force Narrative

Capt Roni Yadlin, USAF / Capt Daniel O. Pittner, USAF / Capt Ryan M. McGuire, USAF 
 
The chief of staff of the Air Force presented a question regarding how the Air Force should change its narrative to better resonate with the American people, and Squadron Officer School class 14E's think tank endeavored to answer this question. The... 


Professional Military Education for Life (PME4L)
Professional Military Education for Life (PME4L)

Capt Ty Swarts, USAF / Mr. Paul McNeil / Capt Rob Oehmke, USAF
 
Professional military education (PME) is imperative to developing innovative leaders. It provides Airmen the foundational education required for the profession of arms, as well as exposure to new ideas and career fields. Due to PME's importance in... 


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