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Volume 26 Issue 5, Sep-Oct 2012

Senior Leader Perspective

Driving towards Success in the Air Force Cyber Mission: Leveraging Our Heritage to Shape Our Future
Driving towards Success in the Air Force Cyber Mission: Leveraging Our Heritage to Shape Our Future

Lt Gen David S. Fadok, USAF / Dr. Richard A. Raines
 
Just a few decades ago, we viewed airpower primarily as rated aircrews operating combat aircraft and dropping bombs on targets. Today, it means so much more. For example, 16 of the 18 Airmen whose heroic accomplishments are highlighted in the latest... 


Feature Articles

The Air Force's Individual Mobilization Augmentee Program: Is the Current Organizational Structure Viable?
The Air Force's Individual Mobilization Augmentee Program: Is the Current Organizational Structure Viable?

Col Robin G. Sneed, USAFR / Lt Col Robert A. Kilmer, PhD, USA, Retired
 
The authors use the viable system model to analyze the organizational structure of the Air Force’s individual mobilization augmentee (IMA) program, finding significant deficiencies that detract from its productive management of reservists. These... 


An Evolution in Intelligence Doctrine: The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Mission Type Order
An Evolution in Intelligence Doctrine: The Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Mission Type Order

Capt Jaylan Michael Haley, USAF
 
Over the past several years, the Department of Defense rapidly expanded intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets, responding to a directive from former secretary of defense Robert Gates that established the department’s ISR Task... 


Joint Targeting and Air Support in Counterinsurgency: How to Move to Mission Command
Joint Targeting and Air Support in Counterinsurgency: How to Move to Mission Command

LTC Paul Darling, Alaska Army National Guard
 
This article articulates the disconnect between current joint close air support / targeting doctrine and the doctrine and practices of counterinsurgency warfare. It shows how joint doctrine does not support—and often undermines—doctrine developed by... 


Building Partnership Capacity: Operation Harmattan and Beyond
Building Partnership Capacity: Operation Harmattan and Beyond

Col James H. Drape, USAF
 
Across the Department of Defense, the military services are seeking dynamic partnerships as emphasis shifts from the US military’s performing tasks to building partner capacities. At the same time, France and Britain have national ambitions that are... 


The Ira C. Eaker Essay Competition, Academic Year 2011-2012
The Ira C. Eaker Essay Competition, Academic Year 2011-2012

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... 


Ricochets and Replies 

Toward a Superior Promotion System
Toward a Superior Promotion System

Lt Gen John Hopper, USAF, Retired
 
Air & Space Power Journal encourages worldwide debate about military topics by publishing articles that critique current methods and propose new ideas. We frequently receive Letters to the Editor from readers.. 


Views

An Airman's Perspective on Mission Command
An Airman's Perspective on Mission Command

Col Dale S. Shoupe, USAF, Retired
 
This article examines one Airman’s view of the benefits of mission command. It explains the gains made in operational-level command and control processes over the past 20 years and outlines a tactical role for the concept of mission commanders as US... 


Seeing It Coming: Revitalizing Future Studies in the US Air Force
Seeing It Coming: Revitalizing Future Studies in the US Air Force

Col John F. Price Jr., USAF
 
In the Department of Defense during the first decade of the twenty-first century, a contrast existed, on the one hand, between intellectual emphasis on transformations, revolutions in military affairs, and next-generation warfare, and, on the other... 


A Misapplied and Overextended Example: Gen J. N. Mattis's Criticism of Effects-Based Operations
A Misapplied and Overextended Example: Gen J. N. Mattis's Criticism of Effects-Based Operations

Maj Dag Henriksen, PhD, Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy, US Air Force Research Institute
 
This article examines Gen J. N. Mattis’s empirical foundation for declaring in 2008 that the concept of effects-based operations (EBO) has been “misapplied and overextended to the point that it actually hinders rather than helps joint operations.”... 


Historical Highlights 

Geopolitics versus Geologistics
Geopolitics versus Geologistics

Lt Col Harry A. Sachaklian
 
This article from the Fall 1947 issue of Air University Quarterly Review explores the philosophical origins of the term geopolitics and how interpretations of the word influenced world events and national policies. Lieutenant... 


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