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Volume 27 Issue 6, Nov-Dec 2013

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Search and Rescue in the High North: An Air Force Mission?
Search and Rescue in the High North: An Air Force Mission?

Col John L. Conway III, USAF, Retired
 
Untapped deposits of oil and natural gas, the unprecedented melting of Arctic ice, and the lure of the newly opened Northwest Passage have multiplied human activity in the High North. That increase brings a greater risk of human calamity by the... 


Cyberspace Superiority: A Conceptual Model
Cyberspace Superiority: A Conceptual Model

Lt Col William D. Bryant, USAF
 
To further our understanding of the value or attainability of cyberspace superiority, we would find it helpful to develop a model of how it works. We can produce such a model, but it must account for the nature of both cyberspace and of conflict in... 


A Strategic Assessment of Infrastructure Asset-Management Modeling
A Strategic Assessment of Infrastructure Asset-Management Modeling

Lt Col William E. Sitzabee, PhD, PE, USAF / Capt Marie T. Harnly, USAF
 
Effective asset management requires a comprehensive framework that will aid decision makers. This article develops such a framework by using the data-modeling process for varying types of infrastructure assets, thus providing guidance for effective... 


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Who's in Charge? Commander, Air Force Forces or Air Force Commander?

Lt Col Brian W. McLean, USAF, Retired
 
This article examines the responsibilities and authorities of an Air Force commander in both the operational and administrative branches of the chain of command. The author draws upon existing US law, joint and Air Force doctrine, and Air Force... 


Deployed Communications in an Austere Environment: A Delphi Study
Deployed Communications in an Austere Environment: A Delphi Study

Capt Andrew Soine, USAF , MSgt James Harker, USAF / Dr. Alan R. Heminger , Col Joseph H. Scherrer, USAF
 
The information and communications technology (ICT) field is undergoing tremendous change. The US Air Force’s 689th Combat Communications Wing commissioned a Delphi study to forecast the use of mobile ICT in austere environments. This article... 


Missile-Warning Augmentation: A Low-Risk Approach
Missile-Warning Augmentation: A Low-Risk Approach

Jeffrey K. Harris / Gilbert Siegert
 
This article addresses the documented risks associated with the rapid transition from baseline space-program architectures if that transition uses immature technology alternatives. It draws on past Government Accountability Office reports, studies,... 


Public Health Considerations of Launching Nuclear Waste to the Sun
Public Health Considerations of Launching Nuclear Waste to the Sun

Dr. Murray R. Berkowitz
 
This article considers the public health aspects of disposing of radioactive nuclear waste by launching it to the sun. Although nuclear power has long been considered a potentially “clean” source of energy, it leaves a residue of radioactive... Article Summary


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