Air & Space Power Journal, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published August 27, 2019
Lt Col Jonathan Whitney, USAF
Maj Kai Thompson, USA
Maj Ji hwan Park, Republic of Korea Marine Corps (ROKMC)
This article will justify why a dedicated organization for the space domain is needed by reviewing the current space military organizations of the US and its nearest competitors—Russia and China—and how the future space organization will be created. We will consider the organization’s objective, how it should be staffed, and how much it will be budgeted.
George J. Marrett
Reviewer: Capt Marissa Kester, USAF
Howard Hughes: Aviator is a thoroughly researched and well-documented biography on Howard Hughes, with the central perspective on the part of his widely-chronicled life spent in aviation. Written by a former test pilot for Hughes Aircraft Company, the book is an easy-to-follow, informative guide that provides not only a deeper understanding of US aviation history, but also Hughes’ enigmatic life.
Brian D. Laslie
Reviewer: Philip C. Shackelford
Architect of Air Power is a biography of USAF Gen Laurence S. Kuter. Brian D. Laslie is the deputy command historian at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command, as well as an adjunct professor at the USAFA. He is also the author of The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam.
Frederick R. Morin
Reviewer: Capt Daniel W. McLaughlin, USAF
In Massachusetts Aviation, the passionate duo of Frederick R. Morin and John Galluzzo draw upon their shared love of history to provide a short, but insightful monograph about the busy aviation history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Vincent P. Caire
Reviewer: Capt Miranda Debelevich, USAF
Vincent P. Caire begins this short, pictorial book with an advisory. This book does not act as an inclusive history of avionics throughout the South. He acknowledges that this would be virtually impossible.
Reviewer: Diana Clark Gill
On a superficial level, America’s Digital Army appears as nothing more than a historical recap of a now defunct Army recruiting program that used a video game called America’s Army to attract teenage recruits. But, upon closer inspection, its author, Robertson Allen, an anthropologist and ethnographer, now working in the private sector at the Hartman Group, plumbs deeper meanings within this framing device of a video game’s life and death.
Geoffrey J. Thomas
Reviewer: Maj Peter L. Belmonte, USAF, Retired
Military forces first used aircraft for reconnaissance. Aerial photography grew into a science during World War I, but at the same time other, more glamorous roles for aircraft emerged—pursuit and bombardment. These roles tended to garner more attention than observation and reconnaissance, and it can be debated that this continues to the present day.
Reviewer: 1st Lt David Chui, USA
Ann Todd energetically eternalized the harsh realities of the unsung heroes in OSS Operation Black Mail. In particular, the account accurately followed Elizabeth “Betty” McIntosh, the living legend and a retired case officer, who used black propaganda with her team in the China–Burma–India theater against the Imperial Japanese Army.
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