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Volume 27 Issue 3, May-Jun 2013

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A Range-Balanced Force: An Alternate Force Structure Adapted to New Defense Priorities
A Range-Balanced Force: An Alternate Force Structure Adapted to New Defense Priorities

Lt Col Peter Garretson, USAF
 
This article argues that external forces will drive the US Air Force to procure a very different force structure than the one currently postulated for the early 2030s. Specifically, the service will eventually settle on a “range-balanced force” for... 


Nowhere to Hide: The Growing Threat to Air Bases
Nowhere to Hide: The Growing Threat to Air Bases

Col Shannon W. Caudill, USAF / Maj Benjamin R. Jacobson, USAF
 
This article examines growing threats to both air bases and air and space operations. It argues that the risk to air and space assets will become exponentially more complex and that the cost of countermeasures will increase due to the promulgation... 


Lt Gen Frank Andrews and the Role of Airpower in Hemispheric Security
Lt Gen Frank Andrews and the Role of Airpower in Hemispheric Security

Johannes R. Allert
 
Why was Lt Gen Frank Andrews, an Army Air Corps officer, selected for a job that encompassed a vast area surrounded by water—a task traditionally performed by the Navy? Andrews demonstrated the value of airpower as a force multiplier in World War II... 


Realizing Operational Planning and Assessment in the Twenty-First-Century Air Operations Center: How a Refined Planning Construct and Semantic Technologies Can Enable Delivery of the AOC's Last Unsupported Functions (Part 2)
Realizing Operational Planning and Assessment in the Twenty-First-Century Air Operations Center: How a Refined Planning Construct and Semantic Technologies Can Enable Delivery of the AOC's Last Unsupported Functions (Part 2)

Wg Cdr Redvers T. Thompson, Royal Air Force, Retired
 
Operational planning and assessment, conducted at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of civil-military operations, provide Air Force commanders and their air operations centers (AOC) with significantly increasing analysis, data capture,... 


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Tanker Acquisition: A Systems Engineering Perspective
Tanker Acquisition: A Systems Engineering Perspective

Maj Sarah Lynch, USAF / Dr. Alan R. Heminger / Lt Col David D. Mattioda, PhD, USAF
 
This article highlights the need for a sound systems-engineering approach to tanker acquisitions. It first outlines the history of air refueling—specifically, the creativity and willingness to take risks exhibited by our forefathers in the field—and... 


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