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  • Diverging Objectives: Maintaining Strategic Stability with Russia While Expanding Global Missile Defense

    In this paper, the author argues that the tenuous relationship between the US and Russia regarding ballistic missile proliferation and defense systems is in jeopardy. As US ballistic missile defense expands, Russia’s nuclear deterrent weakens. This may result in Russia finding new capabilities to circumvent US defense systems to maintain what they believe to be a balance between the countries. Technological advances and further expansion on both sides threaten stability and put future arms control agreements at risk. [Shawn A. Russell / 2020 / 80 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-80]

  • Call for Submissions: Arctic Strategy

    The Department of Defense and Department of the Air Force (DAF) published Arctic Strategy documents last year with the DAF also publishing an Arctic Strategy Implementation (ASI) Plan (see https://go.usa.gov/xHTm9 and https://go.usa.gov/xHTVm).  Lines of effort within the DAF ASI Plan include efforts such as publishing articles related to the Arctic Strategy as well as Arctic operations and the unique leadership skills needed for service in the Arctic AOR.  

    In support of this initiative, Air University Press is soliciting journal articles to support the growing national security interests and requirements for operating in the Arctic region. Products could be historical case studies, lessons-learned from ongoing initiatives, or suggestions for future constructs. Length may vary and specific submission requirements can be found on our Air and Space Power Journal and Strategic Studies Quarterly webpages (https://go.usa.gov/xHbsf and https://go.usa.gov/xHbsN). Any questions or proposals for larger projects may be submitted to the Director, Air University Press: AirUniversityPress@au.af.edu.

  • Why Do States Build Nuclear Weapons? Proliferation Models as Concurrent Pressures on a State

    Major Curtice applies three theoretical models of nuclear proliferation and argues that they are more accurate when used in conjunction with each other than separately. Nuclear proliferation, Curtice states, occurs when Domestic Politics-Positive and Normative-Positive pressures are greater than their negative counterparts when a state is facing a security threat. By using India as a theoretical model, Major Curtice demonstrates how threats from neighboring countries, as well as internal political perspective shifts, changed the country from championing nuclear disarmament to conducting nuclear tests in just one decade.  [MAJ Scott Curtice / 2021 / 34 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-82]

  • Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, volume III: Integrated Base Defense Principles for Commanders

    This third and final volume in the AU Press monograph series Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency provides concise principles designed to assist Air Force and Space Force commanders in better understanding their role in base defense to better protect their people, resources, and war-fighting assets. Volume I of this book was Air University Press’s number one download in 2014; Volume II was released in 2019. Volume III distills lessons and recommendations from the preceding two volumes to provide commanders the most concise view of the issues and concepts at stake in fulfilling their base defense roles. This volume provides future wing, group, and squadron commanders and maturing Air Force and Space Force leaders some guiding principles through which they can better lead, protect, and secure their people, and air- and space power assets. [Col Shannon W. Caudill, USAF, Retired / 2021 / 87 pp / ISBN 9781585662883 / B-169] 

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  • "An Honorable Place in American Air Power": Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 1942–1943

    Author Frank Blazich has spent years researching and compiling disparate records of Civil Air Patrol's short-lived--but influential--coastal patrol operations of World War II, which he synthesizes into the first scholarly monograph that cements the legacy of this unique and vital wartime civil-military cooperative effort. [Dr. Frank Blazich / 2020 / 258 pages / ISBN: 9781585663057 / AU Press Code: B-168]
  • Design Thinking in Commerce and War: Contrasting Civilian and Military Innovation Methodologies

    This monograph addresses how military design thinkers can maximize the utility of the design methodologies they select for employment when designing military operations. Presently, Western militaries apply a mix of two distinct types of design thinking, each with a different origin and employing different paradigms, yet most military practitioners remain unaware of this situation. The result is confusion, obfuscation through inappropriate conceptual overlap, and sub-optimal outcomes when overlapping types of design are simultaneously applied to identify and solve operational problems. These two types of design thinking come from different arenas: one has a background in various “civilian” disciplines, and in commerce and industry; the other originates within militaries themselves. This monograph attempts to untangle these two types of design thinking from each other through the provision of a detailed historical account, followed by a paradigmatic analysis of each. It then addresses the two types together, examining how a deliberately cultivated awareness of both can lead to enhanced design thinking outcomes, and exploring how military design thinking might evolve in the near future. [Dr. Aaron P. Jackson / 2020 / 88 pages / ISSN 2575-6745 / AU Press Code: LP-7]
  • Hot Topic: Diversity and Inclusion

    The Department of the Air Force needs the talents of a diverse group of air and space professionals to maintain supremacy in air, space, and cyberspace. Diversity and inclusion initiatives ensure that every air and space operator understands that they are an essential and valued part of the team, and free to focus on mission accomplishment without fear of discrimination or harassment. AUP and AU's resources augment those available elsewhere in support of vital training and education to enhance research and support training to ensure the most diverse and inclusive environment possible.
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