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The General Bernard A. Schriever Memorial Essay Contest is used to stimulate thought, discussion and debate on matters relating to how the Air Force and Air Force Space Command provide space and cyberspace capabilities for the joint force and the nation. The top two essays in the Open Division are published in the Air & Space Power Journal.

2019 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS

  • Photo of Maj Kenneth Grosselin, USAF in service dress

    A Culture of Military Spacepower

    Maj Kenneth Grosselin, USAF
    Cultivating a space war-fighting culture has become an operational imperative for the US Air Force. An analysis of organizational culture theory reveals that stable cultures emerge when a unifying purpose and group identity are broadly recognized and understood. War fighters in every domain appreciate this relationship and connect their purpose and identity to an independent theory of military power—landpower, seapower, and airpower, respectively.

  • On Implementing a Space War-Fighting Construct A Treatise on Applied Frameworks from Other Domains

    On Implementing a Space War-Fighting
    Construct A Treatise on Applied Frameworks from Other Domains

    Lt Col Brandon Davenport, USAF
    The vision of an innovative space war-fighting construct is predicated on the formulation of domain-centric strategy, doctrine, and tactics. The newly established US Space Force (USSF) will require the generation of these fundamental elements for the service to create a new war-fighting culture and ultimately provide a combat-credible force to the re-established US Space Command.

2017 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS


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

    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.

2015 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS

  • Preparing for the Cyber Battleground of the Future

    Preparing for the Cyber Battleground of the Future

    2nd Lt Chris Babcock, USAF
    For space and cyber Airmen, tomorrow’s fight will be determined largely by the concept of cyberspace dependency. That term, as defined by the author, is the degree to which a military capability relies on supremacy over a portion of the cyberspace... 

  • Defending Our Satellites: The Need for Electronic Warfare Education and Training

    Defending Our Satellites: The Need for Electronic Warfare Education and Training

    Lt Col E. Lincoln Bonner, USAF  
    The US military enjoys tremendous advantages over any potential adversary because of its exploitation of space capabilities. It is of paramount importance that Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) position its Airmen to defend and protect America’s space...


2018 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS

  • An Economic Approach to Deterrence

    An Economic Approach to Deterrence

    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.


2016 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS


  • The Changing Face of the War Fighter

    The Changing Face of the War Fighter

    Capt Justin Ryan Thornton, USAF
    Today's Airmen operate in contested environments, and years of technical-data spillage, coupled with policies emphasizing commercial-off-the-shelf acquisition, ensure that the immediate future will remain contested as our adversaries seek to...

2014 SCHRIEVER ESSAY AWARD WINNERS


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

    Space Sustainment: A New Approach for America in Space 

    Lt Col Kris Barcomb, USAF 
    This article proposes a "space sustainment" strategy for the United States over the control-oriented mind-set that originated during the Cold War and persists today. This strategy leverages US strengths to promote and maintain an international...