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Volume 26 Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2012

Senior Leader Perspective

Building toward the Future
Building toward the Future

Gen Edward A. Rice Jr., USAF, Commander, AETC
 
Certainly, we are living in interesting times, and although numerous challenges face the Air Force today, we have a unique opportunity to shape our future. As the first online-only issue of ASPJ launches in January 2012, the Air... 


Feature Articles

The Efficiency Paradox: How Hyperefficiency Can Become the Enemy of Victory in War
The Efficiency Paradox: How Hyperefficiency Can Become the Enemy of Victory in War

Lt Col Geoffrey F. Weiss, USAF
 
Theoretically, at some point increased efficiency cannot make up the difference, and the cuts become too deep, injuring a vital capacity or costing lives in combat due to a scarcity in training or resources. How will we know when we have reached... 


What Every Airman Needs to Know about Medical Stability Operations
What Every Airman Needs to Know about Medical Stability Operations

Col Stephen Waller, MD, USAF, Retired / Lt Col Jose Fonseca, USAF, Retired / Col Joseph Anderson, USAF, MC / Col James Fike, USAF, MC, Retired / Col Sean Murphy, USAF, MC
 
Humanitarian relief, emergency infrastructure reconstruction, provision of essential government services, and the maintenance of a safe and secure environment are all key features of stability operations, and 'military health support' plays an... 


Ricochets and Replies 

Air Force Policy for Advanced Education:
Air Force Policy for Advanced Education:

Jim Garcia, National Defense University
 
I congratulate Maj Tobias Switzer for his well-written article "Air Force Policy for Advanced Education: Production of Human Capital or Cheap Signals?" (Winter 2011). The author’s interpretations of the data are reasonable, and his reasoning is... 


Air Force ISR Operations
Air Force ISR Operations

Maj Brad Kornreich, USAF, Luke AFB, Arizona
 
Cultural transformation lies at the heart of Lt Gen Dave Deptula and Col Mike Francisco's article" Air Force ISR Operations: Hunting versus Gathering" (Winter 2010). Although I completely concur with this vivid metaphor's usefulness concerning... Article Summary


Views

Air-Mindedness: The Core of Successful Air Enterprise Development:
Air-Mindedness: The Core of Successful Air Enterprise Development:

Maj Christopher Wachter, USAF
 
In order to establish strong and enduring airpower, society needed to become "air-minded," acknowledging the advances in transportation, communication, commerce, and governance the use of air could bring to the nation... 


Partnership between the US and Iraqi Air Forces: One Airman's Perspective
Partnership between the US and Iraqi Air Forces: One Airman's Perspective

Lt Col Andy Hamann, USAF
 
This article discusses some of the USAF's recent partnerships with the IqAF, addresses some challenges that the latter now faces, and speculates about the relationship between our air forces in the future.... 


Support the Combatant Commander, Develop the Force, or Roll the Dice?: What the Air Force's Deployment Tasking Process Doesn't Do
Support the Combatant Commander, Develop the Force, or Roll the Dice?: What the Air Force's Deployment Tasking Process Doesn't Do

Lt Col Kevin J. Parker, USAF
 
Most Airmen are well versed in the timing of their deployment cycle, but how an individual gets selected for a specific deployment tasking remains a mystery for most In some ways, the process is more akin to rolling dice than following a deliberate... 


Historical Highlights 

The Strategic Striking Force
The Strategic Striking Force

Lt. Col. Frank R. Pancake
 
This article from 1948 reveals some interesting insights into the develpment of our Air Force following World War II. Lieutenant Colonel Pancake explains his views concerning the requirements for developing strategic airpower in the postwar years.... 


Selected Air University Research

The Decline of the Military Ethos and Profession of Arms: An Argument against Automomous Lethal Engagements
The Decline of the Military Ethos and Profession of Arms: An Argument against Automomous Lethal Engagements

Lt Col Michael R. Contratto, USAF
 
While the exact year is still in doubt, the capability for robotic autonomous lethal engagements will eventually exist and possibly much sooner than many think. Placing worries of Skynet achieving consciousness and bands of Terminators running amok... 


Principles of War for Cyberspace
Principles of War for Cyberspace

Lt Col Steven E. Cahanin, USAF
 
As the United States Air Force develops doctrine, education, and organization for cyberspace, we need to consider the traditional principles of war and how/if they apply to cyberspace, and under what situations, so we can develop a conceptual... 


Logistics Aloft
Logistics Aloft

Col Joel D. Jackson, USAF
 
The Department of Defense (DoD) should assess potential future UAS missions by first determining what particular characteristics of the ISR and ISR/strike missions made them successful as UAS missions and then determining what other missions fit... 


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