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Maj E. Taylor Francis
The US armed forces today acknowledge the necessity of air superiority, at a minimum, before operations can begin. The ultimate goal is to achieve air supremacy to facilitate freedom of maneuver for US ground and naval forces. Given the importance of the control of the air, this author’s research goal was to determine the degree to which the history, theory, and doctrine of the US Air Force prepare it to obtain air supremacy against a peer or near-peer adversary in a present or near-future conflict. Research results suggest that air supremacy, in this case, should not be anticipated or expected. The Air Force is highly proficient at the tactical level but lacks the historical, theoretical, and doctrinal foundation on which to construct a campaign that guarantees success. [Maj E. Taylor Francis, USAF / 47 pages / ISSN: 2575-7539 / AU Press Code: LP-6]
Editor: Lt Col Mark E. Grotelueschen, USAF, Retired

The Harmon Lecture Series is the oldest and longest-running lecture series at the United States Air Force Academy. This second volume builds the collection initiated in volume I (featuring lectures from 1959 to 1987). Volume II showcases 29 lectures featuring authoritative scholarship and acumen on topics ranging from airpower and strategy to leadership and civic engagement. [Mark E. Grotelueschen, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired / 2020 / 656 pages / ISBN 9781585663026 / AU Press Code: B-165]
Dr. Niels Hahn

Liberia is the country in Africa where the United States has the most extended history of military engagement, and each intervention is layered on the experience of previous interventions. Over the years, the interventions have become more comprehensive and sophisticated, and Liberia can be considered an essential case for the general study of US military interventions in Africa. [Niels Hahn/ 2020 / 381 pages / ISBN: 978158566304 / AU Press Code: B-163]
Nicholas Wright, ed.

A wide variety of perspectives on the different uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Russia and China and the impact this will have on the Global Order. Essays are from leading defense professionals, academics, think tanks, and policy developers. A comprehensive primer for those concerned with how emerging technologies will influence the west's near-peer competitors. [Nicholas Wright, ed. / 2019 / 312 pages / ISBN: 9781585662951 / AU Press Code: B-0161]
Giulio Douhet

Twentieth-century Italian general Giulio Douhet has influenced generations with his theories on airpower and air force development. The book, long-established as essential reading for Air University students, collects separate writings The Command of the Air, The Probable Aspects of the War of the Future, Recapitulation, and The War of 19– into one volume. This 2019 edition builds on a 1942 Italian-to-English translation and includes an index. [Giulio Douhet / 2019 / 362 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-296-8 / AU Press Code: B-0160]
Maj David Stuckenberg; Amb. R. James Woolsey; Col Douglas DeMaio; Editor: Donna Budjenska

In spring 2019 Air University hosted subject matter experts from across the country to expand on the accomplishments of the inaugural Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF).

The 2019 EDTF summit advanced and amplified recommendations to leaders nationwide, ensuring the call for awareness, preparation, defense, and mitigation is sounded far and wide. Using extensive research and expertise, EDTF 2.0 participants have contributed to understanding, preparedness, and resilience for communities throughout the United States.
Col Joseph D. Celeski, US Army, Retired

The story of special air warfare and the Air Commandos who served for the ambassadors in Laos from 1964 to 1975 is captured through extensive research and veteran interviews. The author meticulously put together a comprehensive overview of the involvement of USAF Air Commandos who served as trainers, advisors, and clandestine combat forces to prevent the communist takeover of the Royal Lao Government. This book includes pictures of those operations, unveils what had been a US government secret war, and adds a substantial contribution to understanding the war in Southeast Asia.
Theodore T. Richard, Colonel,USAF

The Unofficial United States Guide to the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 assembles and cross-references multiple legal citations and sources in one convenient book.
Dr. Robert C. Owen

This study is an assessment of whether the US Air Force should anticipate modernizing its core theater airlift fleet with aircraft designed for super-short takeoffs or landings under rough-field conditions (SSTOL-RF) or aircraft designs focused on vertical takeoffs or landings (VTOL) with secondary SSTOL-RF capabilities (V/SSTOL-RF).
The Judge Advocate General's School

Today's Air Force commanders face a wide range of issues, many of which involve complex statutes, laws, regulations, and rules. Our commanders must deal with challenging legal matters ranging from military justice to environmental law to operations law. The Military Commander and the Law is used as a deskbook for instruction at various commander courses at Air University. It also serves as a handy reference guide for commanders in the field, providing general guidance and helping commanders clarify issues and identify potential problem areas.
Dr. Greg Zacharias, Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force 2015–18

Dr. Zacharias explores next steps in autonomous systems (AS) development, fielding, and training. Rapid advances in AS development and artificial intelligence (AI) research will change how we think about machines, whether they are individual vehicle platforms or networked enterprises. The payoff will be considerable, affording us significant protection for our Airmen, greater effectiveness in employment, and unlimited opportunities for novel and disruptive concepts of operations. Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward identifies issues and makes recommendations for the Air Force to take full advantage of this transformational technology. [Dr. Greg Zacharias/ 2019 / 418 pages / ISBN: 9781585662876 / AU Press Code: B-155 / Office of the Chief Scientist of the Air Force]
Shannon W. Caudill, editor

Authors offer their experiences from the field regarding air base security and discuss modern air support for base defense, counterintelligence enablers, commander responsibilities for air base defense, lessons from the Afghanistan theater of operations, projected technological advances in base defense, and unique operational defensive challenges at a conflict’s beginning (getting in) and end (getting out).
Maj David Stuckenberg, USAF; Amb. R. James Woolsey; and Col Douglas DeMaio, USAF
Editor: Dr. Ernest Allan Rockwell


In August 2018 Air University brought together a diverse group of leading subject matter experts to address current challenges in the electromagnetic spectrum. This report summarizes insights, conclusions, and recommendations developed during the inaugural Electromagnetic Defense Task Force.

Air University Texts

Dr. Marvin Bassett

The Style Guide, part 1 of this publication, provides guidance to Air University’s community of writers. It offers a coherent, consistent stylistic base for writing and editing. The Author Guide, part 2 of this publication, offers simple, concise instructions to writers who wish to submit a manuscript to AU Press for consideration.
Air Command and Staff College

This ACSC-developed handbook is intended to advance the practice of command. The advice and experiences of prior commanders will help you become a better, more effective leader.
Dr. John Kline

Everyone can be a better listener. Using the concepts of what we think, feel, and do about listening, Dr. Kline promotes the need for honing this often neglected communication skill. He presents logical, practical methods that will help you to become a better listener in your personal and professional life in everyday and critical situations.
Dr. John Kline

Dr. Kline presents techniques on how to speak successfully. He provides examples and pointers for both the novice and the skilled speaker.
Air Command and Staff College

This primer is useful for individuals who are not “space aware”—unacquainted with space capabilities, organizations, and operations—and for those who are, especially those associated with the space community but not familiar with space capabilities, organizations, and operations outside their areas of expertise. It is your guide and invitation to all the excitement and opportunity of space.
Dr. Fil J. Arenas, Dr. Daniel Connelly, and Maj Michael D. Williams, USAF

This newly developed Air University text focuses on the Full-Range Leadership Model (FRLM) and its application in team leadership. Leaders applying the FRLM approach can see immediate, tangible results. Leveraging the components of transformational leadership has been proven to result in the most effective style of leadership.

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