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Volume 27 Issue 4, Jul-Aug 2013

Senior Leader Perspective

The Air Advisor: The Face of US Air Force Engagement
The Air Advisor: The Face of US Air Force Engagement

Maj Gen Timothy M. Zadalis, USAF
 
The Air Force has a well-documented mandate to conduct security-cooperation activities and to train its personnel to build the capacity of partner nations. The Air Advisor Academy is the only Air Force training venue that provides this education and... 


Feature Articles

The Swarm, the Cloud, and the Importance of Getting There First: What's at Stake in the Remote Aviation Culture Debate
The Swarm, the Cloud, and the Importance of Getting There First: What's at Stake in the Remote Aviation Culture Debate

Maj David J. Blair, USAF / Capt Nick Helms, USAF
 
This article advocates an aviation future of manned–remotely piloted synergy in which automation amplifies rather than replaces the role of aviators in aviation. In this vision, aviators are judged solely by their effects on the battlefield. Amidst... 


The Next Lightweight Fighter: Not Your Grandfather's Combat Aircraft
The Next Lightweight Fighter: Not Your Grandfather's Combat Aircraft

Col Michael W. Pietrucha, USAF
 
A survey of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) would show that various countries have pursued a variety of such platforms, starting in the First World War and continuing today. Reconnaissance variants have a long and effective history, but no... 


Building Partnership Capacity by Using MQ-9s in the Asia-Pacific
Building Partnership Capacity by Using MQ-9s in the Asia-Pacific

Col Andrew A. Torelli, USAF
 
This article calls for immediate adoption of a policy to develop bilateral intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) studies with partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region for the purpose of conducting ISR operations to address common... 


Personnel Security during Joint Operations with Foreign Military Forces
Personnel Security during Joint Operations with Foreign Military Forces

David C. Aykens
 
The transition of domestic security operations to the Afghan National Forces presents a unique situation to policy makers and International Security Assistance Force commanders. The approaching drawdown of coalition forces and the turnover of daily... 


Views

The Glass Ceiling for Remotely Piloted Aircraft
The Glass Ceiling for Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Lt Col Lawrence Spinetta, PhD, USAF
 
This article identifies factors that limit wing-command opportunities for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) personnel. The bottleneck effectively guarantees a glass ceiling when it comes to promotion to flag rank. The article advises the Air Force to... 


Funding Cyberspace: The Case for an Air Force Venture Capital Initiative
Funding Cyberspace: The Case for an Air Force Venture Capital Initiative

Maj Chadwick M. Steipp, USAF
 
The Air Force needs a cyberspace investment strategy. Faced with challenging budget realities, the service remains responsible for innovating with effect amid the hyperdynamic, commercially intertwined, entrepreneurially driven cyberspace business... 


Strategic Distraction: The Consequence of Neglecting Organizational Design
Strategic Distraction: The Consequence of Neglecting Organizational Design

Col John F. Price Jr., USAF
 
As a strategic discipline, organizational design defines the plans, parameters, processes, and actions within a specific context and provides necessary constraints to achieve the desired outcome. The proper implementation of design is not difficult,... 


Selected Air University Research

Defining Time: The Argument for a Paradigm Shift in Air Force Thinking
Defining Time: The Argument for a Paradigm Shift in Air Force Thinking

Capt Nicholas Anderson / Capt Gregory Balzhiser / Capt Nicholas Castro / Capt Jose Garcia 
 
It is a common adage in the Air Force that Airmen are the service’s most valuable strength. Air Force doctrine echoes this statement; however, it neglects to adequately define an Airman’s most important asset –time – as the finite resource... 


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