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Volume 31 Issue 4, Winter 2017

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  • Air & Space Power Journal, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
Senior Leader Perspective

View Article Improving Outcomes: Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Assessment

Brig Gen Timothy D. Haugh, USAF / Lt Col Douglas W. Leonard, USAF
Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) remain in high demand across all theaters of US military operations. However, the Department of Defense has never fully developed a comprehensive process that yields scalable, qualitative, and quantitative results that will assist in developing a better ISR approach at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. In the absence of such joint guidance, the ISR community must develop a process that measures success in terms of the achievement of operational outcomes, most often expressed as intelligence requirements or objectives, and the closure of intelligence gaps.

Feature Articles

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Lethal Autonomy: What It Tells Us about Modern Warfare

Maj Thomas B. Payne, USAF
Autonomy in weapon systems has been under development and controversial for many years. However, robotics and autonomous systems have been highlighted by the Department of Defense (DOD) “third offset” strategy. Most military leaders have heard something about the development of “autonomy” in weapon systems and are aware of the vocal opposition from outside the DOD, but may not be familiar with the scope of the debate or the various issues raised. 

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Global Command and Control for the Future Operating Concept: Implications for Structural Design and Information Flow

Maj Ian Slazinik, USAF / Maj Ben Hazen, USAF
This article analyzes the information flow through theater air mobility command and control (C2) organizations in an effort to uncover guidelines to adapt organizational structures and processes to increase the speed and reach of information. These guidelines would aim to improve organizational agility and decision making while adapting to future trends in the broader C2 enterprise. 

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Airpower and the Expeditionary Trinity: Emerging Threats, Emerging Locations, and Emerging Capabilities

Lt Col Kevin K. McCaskey, USAF
A decade and a half after 9/11, the international security environment continues to evolve largely, although not exclusively, toward small-scale engagement between states and nonstate organizations. How airpower is employed to meet this dynamic threat environment should be considered in light of three factors: the emerging threats, where these emerging threats are located, and what capabilities will allow successful operations against the threats.


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Operationalizing Air Force Critical Thinking

Lt Col James M. Davitch, USAF / Lt Col Robert D. Folker Jr., USAF
The Air Force’s senior leaders have expressed a desire for Airmen to hone their critical thinking (CT) skills and improve decision making, but the service still lacks a means to determine if that need is being met. This article describes two studies that imply critical thinking is an uncommon skill within the service.

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Innovation in a Bipolar Air Force

Lt Col John S. Sellers, USAF, Retired

The Air Force talk on innovation doesn’t always agree with its walk. The result is an uncertain and sometimes hostile environment for innovators. We’ll examine the causes and high costs of this issue as it relates to a case study on aircraft deconfliction.

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The Air Force's Misconception of Integrated Air and Missile Defense

Col Craig R. Corey, USAF, Retired
Counterair has been the bedrock of theater air operations and is a critical enabler to the continued success of the joint force for decades. According to DOD Joint Publication (JP) 3-01, Countering Air and Missile Threats, counterair integrates offensive and defensive operations to attain and maintain the desired degree of control of the air and protection by neutralizing or destroying enemy aircraft and missiles, both before and after launch.

Schriever Essay Award Winners

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Deterring Aggressive Space Actions with Cube Satellite Proximity Operations: A New Frontier in Defensive Space Control

Capt Michael Nayak, USAF, PhD
Today, America's strategic advantage and military superiority are critically codependent on its space superiority. Space-based systems provide critical information, intelligence, warning, and communication capabilities to commanders and warfighters across the spectrum of global conflict.

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Brandishing Our Air, Space, and Cyber Swords: Recommendations for Deterrence and Beyond

Lt Col Mark Reith, USAF, PhD
The United States has arrived at a historic crossroads for space and cyber. For decades, space and cyber have been treated as neutral territory or part of a global commons, but the rise of competitors and the commoditizing of technology within these domains have drastically changed the calculus of strategic deterrence.

Book Reviews

Baptism of Fire: The First Combat Experiences of the Royal
Hungarian Air Force and Slovak Air Force, March 193

Csaba B. Stenge
Reviewer: Robert B. Kane, PhD

Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition,
and the Ultimate Weapon

Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes, eds
Reviewer: Wing Cdr John M. Shackell, RAF, Retired

The Battle of Britain on Screen: “The Few” in British Film
and Television Drama

S. P. MacKenzie
Reviewer: Lt Col Dan Simonsen, USAF, Retired

Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late
Joseph Cirincione
Reviewer: Col Mel Deaile, PhD, USAF, Retired

Spies and Shuttles: NASA’s Secret Relationship with the
DoD and CI

James E. David
Reviewer: Lana Obradovic, PhD

Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from
Pearl Harbor to 9/11

Erik J. Dahl
Reviewer: 1st Lt Herman B. Reinhold, USAF

Global Responses to Maritime Violence: Cooperation and
Collective Action

Paul Shemella, ed.
Reviewer: John L. Mahaffey, PhD

Operation Overflight: A Memoir of the U-2 Incident

Francis Gary Powers with Curt Gentry
Reviewer: Lt Col Katherine Strus, PhD, USAF, Retired

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