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Volume 27 Issue 5, Sep-Oct 2013

Senior Leader Perspective

Military Space: At a Strategic Crossroad
Military Space: At a Strategic Crossroad

Gen William L. Shelton, USAF 
 
Our nation’s military satellites provide game-changing capabilities for our joint forces and serve as vital links in the global economy. The future of space capabilities in the United States Air Force is at a strategic crossroad—one that requires us... 


Space Acquisition Issues in 2013
Space Acquisition Issues in 2013

Lt Gen Ellen M. Pawlikowski, USAF
 
This article examines the past, present, and future states of military space acquisitions for the United States. The space environment in which we currently operate is congested, contested, and competitive. Lieutenant General Pawlikowski details... 


The Importance of Designating Cyberspace Weapons Systems
The Importance of Designating Cyberspace Weapons Systems

Brig Gen Robert J. Skinner, USAF
 
In March 2013, the US Air Force officially designated six cyberspace weapon systems under Air Force Space Command. The Air Force has mastered the ability to apply global reach, power, and vigilance across the domains of air and space and now applies... 


Feature Articles

Space Superiority, Down to the Nanosecond: Why the Global Positioning System Remains Essential to Modern Warfare
Space Superiority, Down to the Nanosecond: Why the Global Positioning System Remains Essential to Modern Warfare

Col Bernard J. Gruber, USAF / Col Jon M. Anderson, USAF
 
The Global Positioning System (GPS), provided free of charge by the United States Air Force and acquired and operated by Air Force Space Command, is a national asset. A tangible symbol of US economic and military might and a system unmatched in... 


The Importance of Maintaining Space Situational Awareness and Taking It to the Next Level
The Importance of Maintaining Space Situational Awareness and Taking It to the Next Level

Col Mark A. Baird, USAF
 
Both economically and militarily, the nation’s dependence on space has grown exponentially since the Cold War. US space and ground-based assets, which have become vital to the projection of both airpower and sea power, must be preserved in the... 


Air Force Cyber Warfare: Now and the Future
Air Force Cyber Warfare: Now and the Future

Col William J. Poirier, USAF / Maj James Lotspeich, PhD, USAF
 
Cyberspace is a relatively new and maturing war-fighting domain. The activation of US Cyber Command in 2009, for example, represented a significant step in the evolution of military thinking regarding the domain. As Air Force cyberspace forces rise... 


Ira C. Eaker Award Winners
Ira C. Eaker Award Winners

 
Congratulations to this year’s winners! The award honors airpower pioneer Gen Ira C. Eaker and is made possible through the generous support of the Air University Foundation. If you would like to compete for the Ira C. Eaker Award, submit a... 



Historical Highlights

Why Are We in Space?

Neil P. Ruzic
 
Had Columbus speculated on the future he might have envisioned bigger, faster sailing ships or even ships with-out sails, headed straight across the ocean sea. But they would have remained boats. a less conservative contemporary, Leonardo da Vinci,... 


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