HomeASPJArticle Display

ASPJ Home Page

Volume 33 Issue 4, Winter 2019

  • SENIOR LEADER PERSPECTIVE
  • A C-17 Globemaster III sits on a flightline March 19, 2019, on Buckley Air Force Base, CO. Lockheed Martin along with The Air National Guard and active duty components loaded the 70,000 pound cargo, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida to begin satellite launch processing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews)

    Unfinished Business: Refining the Air Component Structure

    Gen Jeffrey L. Harrigian, USAF
    Maj Gen Charles S. Corcoran, USAF
    Col Edward T. Spinelli, USAF
    Col John C. McClung, USAF

    Operational contract support (OCS) greatly benefits commanders who comprehend the importance of its use and how to leverage and employ it on the battlefield—to fight and win our nation’s wars. When properly planned for and executed, OCS decisively influences the tactical, operational, and strategic environment. 
  • FEATURE ARTICLES
  • Space Power and the Foundations of an Independent Space Force

    LTC Brad Townsend, USA
    Unexplained physiological events (UPE) have gained infamy among DOD aviators in recent years as both an inflight safety concern and the cause of lost sorties due to well-publicized groundings (F-22, F-18, T-45, T-6, and F-35). Unfortunately, most knowledge of these events is stovepiped into aircraft specific communications channels, which prevents DOD-wide problem solving from occurring.
  • Evaluating the Train-Advise-Assist Mission Impact on Engineering and Facilities Management in the Afghan Air Force

    Col Christopher M. Stoppel, USAF, PhD, P.E.
    This article examines potential threats to space from nonstate actors. The genesis of the article is the US’s renewed interest in developing a space force but is applicable to all states with current and potential space capabilities. It focuses on the three types of nonstate actors who will likely target state capabilities: guerrillas and terrorists, both of whom are defined by their political motivations, and pirates, defined by their mostly economic motivations.
  • VIEWS
  • View Article

    Consolidating and Automating Social Media Impacts to Risk

    Maj John P. Biszko, USAF
    This study is an introspective look into maximizing human capital through the effective use of innovative talent management strategies. In particular, the study focused on analyzing the Air Force’s strategy to maximize human capital, identify existing talent gaps, and highlighting how the enterprise applies talent management processes from career accession to retention. Additionally, the research will determine if the Air Force should leverage and adopt other talent management models to effectively manage the Air Force human capital.
  • Artist concept of critical thinking depicting three heads

    On Critical Thinking
    It Takes Habits of Mind and Patterns of Inquiry

    Col Stephen E. "Wilbur" Wright, PhD, USAF, Retired

    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.

  • View Article

    A Case for Open Mission Systems in DOD Aircraft Avionics

    Capt Michael J. Brown, USA
    Robert D. Fass, PhD
    Jonathan Ritschel, PhD

    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.

  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • View Book Review

    The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines

    by Kara Dixon Vuic
    Reviewed by Deonna D. Neal, PhD

    The Girls Next Door explores gender and sexuality issues in the military through the lens of the roles women played in the Red Cross, YMCA, USO, and other armed forces recreation and services programs. The book traces the history of women in these roles from World War I to the Iraq War. 

  • View Book Review

    AMARG: America's Military Aircraft Boneyard

    by Nicholas A. Veronico and Ron Strong
    Reviewed by Lt Col Kevin R. Nalette, USAF

    Nicholas A. Veronico and Ron Strong’s narrative is a pictorial documentary of America’s foremost aircraft boneyard or outdoor storage facility, located in the Arizona desert near Tucson. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) is a subset of the 309th Maintenance Wing assigned to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Ogden, Utah.

  • View Book Review

    Combat Talons in Vietnam: Recovering a Covert Special Ops Crew

    by John Gargus
    Reviewed by Capt Donald Williams, USAF

    Combat Talons in Vietnam: Recovering a Covert Special Ops Crew is a historical and monographic narrative combining military education, Vietnam War analysis, international relations, and complex search, rescue, and recovery. This book takes the audience through a complete journey that includes Gargus’ motivation to continuously attempt to obtain resolution with the central idea that is unique to the American military—every member returns home. 

  • View Book Review

    Courage Alone: The Italian Air force 1940-1943

    by Chris Dunning
    Reviewed by SSgt Seth Roese, USAF

    It was during World War II when the world learned of the importance air superiority had on the outcomes of battles. Aircraft were used in a variety of ways to achieve objectives on the battlefields and gain the upper hand. Various air missions were used from all nations involved in the war to seize the offense and advance their positions in the war. 

  • View Book Review

    Review of Joint Base Langley-Eustis

    by Mark A. Chambers
    Reviewed by Lt Col Paul Guevin, USAF, Retired 

    Review of Joint Base Langley- Eustis is a pictorial history that Arcadia Publishing published in their Images of Modern America series. Mark A. Chambers is a contracted senior technical writer with the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) Langley Research Center, which is adjacent to the Langley portion of Joint Base Langley–Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. 

  • View Book Review

    Air Officer Commanding: Hugh Dowding, Architect of the Battle of Britain

    by John T. LaSaine Jr.
    Reviewed by Col Jamie Sculerati, USAF, Retired 

    The Battle of Britain marked a turning point in the path of World War II and in airpower history—an attempt to neutralize British military power in Europe, primarily conducted and contested from the air in the summer of 1940. The outcome of the battle rested heavily on the world’s first integrated air defense system, an operational and technical innovation largely created, and later commanded by Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding. 

  • View Book Review

    Aviation Records in the Jet Age: The Planes and Technologies behind the Breakthroughs

    by Lt Col William A. Flanagan, USAF, Retired
    Reviewed by Lt Col Dan Simonsen, USAF, Retired

    Since man mastered the science and art of heavier-than-air flight, aviators have attempted to push the envelope of flight by flying faster, farther, and higher. Along the way, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (World Air Sports Fédération) acknowledged these accomplishments as world records. 

  • View Book Review

    Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France

    by Stephen Alan Bourque
    Reviewed by Capt Mallory E. Marlin, USAF

    Beyond the Beach: The Allied War Against France is a historical monograph that focuses on the Allied bombing campaigns carried out against German-occupied France with a particular emphasis on the months leading up to Operation Neptune in June 1944. The inspiration for this work struck author and retired Army officer Stephen Alan Bourque during his travels in France. 

DOWNLOAD FULL EDITION

PDF ICON

Join the Airpower Dialogue

Read what Air and Space Power Journal readers and web site visitors have to say.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Visit the Air University Press on FacebookFacebook Logoand Join the Airpower Dialogue.

Resources

Air University Press Logo
600 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6010