Air & Space Power Journal, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published February 25, 2019
Capt Matthew B. Chapman, USAF
Lt Col Gerrit H. Dalman, USAF
The joint force can no longer rely on superior technology to maintain a competitive advantage against its adversaries. Rather, the American military’s enduring asymmetric strength must rely on its ability to command and control (C2) a diversity of multidomain capabilities faster and more effectively than the enemy. The answer must be a joint solution, built to integrate and battle manage multidomain effects at the tactical level.
Maj Zach Fisher, USAF
Every year, USAF officers receive an Officer Performance Report (OPR) from their rater. Over time, those OPRs determine the officer’s career development. Raters score their subordinates’ reports based on any number of factors, but the end state is the same: the officers who impress their bosses the most will likely become bosses themselves.
1st Lt Peter Loftus, USAF
This article asserts that is possible for the US to promote cooperation with China in space while also competing with this rising power. It begins with an outline of Beijing’s current space policies and ambitions, analyzing how the Chinese use this domain to advance their national interest.
2nd Lt Tucker Hutchinson, USAF
This article explores how the US can use economic policy to deter in space effectively. It identifies China and Russia as revisionist powers and the primary competition for the US. Furthermore, it explores China’s and Russia’s motives and methods of achieving power to understand how the US can use economic policy to deter.
By: Robert B. Kane
Reviewer: Dr. Nicholas M. Sambaluk
Robert Kane’s study explores the training of British and French pilots and other aircrew members at the Maxwell and Gunter Fields in the Montgomery, Alabama area during World War II, and, in so doing, opens a window into a relatively underappreciated but relevant aspect of US aid to Allied powers through the Lend–Lease policy.
By: Joshua Kurlantzick
Reviewer: Col John L. Conway, USAF, Retired
The author, Joshua Kurlantzick, takes his title from a quote by the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1966. If this was indeed a serious observation, it is never explained. However, the book’s subtitle introduces its actual focus: Laos was the first of many CIA-run wars, followed in subsequent decades by others in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East.
By: Donn Eisele
Reviewer: SSgt Aaron Tobler, USAF
The 1961–75 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Apollo space program brought to the fore unparalleled technological advancements and human ingenuity. For many, this is perhaps best highlighted by Neil Armstrong’s “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” with Apollo 11.
By: Pierre Bélanger and Alexander Arroyo
Reviewer: Dr. Jack Adam MacLennan
Pierre Bélanger and Alexander Arroyo’s analysis focuses on the aspects of Department of Defense (DOD) operations that are constructive and visible in the process contravening the fashion in war studies of foregrounding (to the extent possible) covert operations, state secrecy, and the destructiveness of military force as emblematic of modern war.
By: Nick Del Calzo and Peter Collier
Reviewer: Maj Peter L. Belmonte, USAF, Retired
The American public has been fascinated by aces—aviators who have downed at least five enemy aircraft—since the term first came into use during World War I. As of May 2015, only 76 American aces still lived. In this book, author Peter Collier and photographer Nick Del Calzo have given us a lasting tribute to these men.
By: Ted Spitzmiller
Reviewer: Joseph T. Page II
There’s a lot to cover in a book claiming to capture “The History of Human Space Flight.” With that lofty goal in mind, Mr. Spitzmiller does an admirable job. The book stretches from the eighteenth century ballooning into the present day of the human-inhabited International Space Station and tacks on a minor chapter of “Where do we go next?”
By: Richard Byers
Reviewer: Col William J. Ott, USAF, Retired
Richard Byers successfully categorizes Hugo Junkers a German engineer and aircraft designer, into the role he played in the development of aviation versus that of assisting the Third Reich. The latter was a more common portrayal resulting from the vast numbers of Junkers-titled aircraft the Luftwaffe used during World War II.
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