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  • Medical Support in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Contested Environment

    This collection of papers, written by a team of USAF medical professionals, discusses aspects of joint training for conducting medical operations in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contested environments. A lack of joint service training, the authors contend, threatens the ability of the US military to succeed in these challenging environments. The authors further observe that unless the Military Health System enacts these changes now and focuses on integrated training, the capabilities of the military medical system will be ineffective in future conflicts.

    [Matthew Hanson, Jennifer Garrison, Christopher Backus, Lea Ann Calderwood, Catherine Callender, Melissa Dooley / 2021 / 118 pages / ISSN 1528-2325 / AU Press Code: P-130]

  • Air & Space Power Journal

    The Air & Space Power Journal (ISSN 1554-2505), Air Force Recurring Publication 10-1, published quarterly, is the professional journal of the United States Air Force. It is designed to serve as an open forum for the presentation and stimulation of innovative thinking on military doctrine, strategy, force structure, readiness, and other matters of national defense. The views and opinions expressed or implied in the Journal are those of the authors and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the Department of Defense, Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Air University, or other agencies or departments of the US government.

  • Strategic Studies Quarterly

    Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ) (ISSN 1936-1815) is the peer reviewed strategic journal of the United States Air Force, fostering intellectual enrichment for national and international security professionals.  SSQ provides a forum for critically examining, informing, and debating, national and international security matters. 

    Contributions to SSQ will explore strategic issues of current and continuing interest to the DOD, the larger defense community, academia, and our international partners.  New editions are released on the first day of March, June, September, and December.  SSQ is indexed by Proquest, Gale-Cengage, Ebsco, JSTOR, Shared-Book, and DTIC. 

  • Wild Blue Yonder Online Journal

    Wild Blue Yonder (ISSN 2689-6478) is a peer-reviewed online journal and forum focused on military-related thought and dialogue. The journal seeks to foster discussion and debate among practitioners and academicians. We want to hear your ideas on how to reshape the way we think about air, space, cyberspace, and the multi-domain. Our articles bridge the gap between academic thought and practical operational experience.

    The views and opinions expressed or implied in Wild Blue Yonder are those of the authors and should not be construed as carrying the official sanction of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, Air Education and Training Command, Air University, or other agencies or departments of the US government or their international equivalents. ISSN 2689-6478

  • Journal of the Americas

    The US Air Force Journal of the Americas (JotA) in Spanish, ISSN 2639-7994 (Print) and ISSN 2639-801X (Online), is a forum for the dissemination of original research articles and review articles in numerous areas, refereed by subject-matter experts, of an academic nature, whose mission seeks to stimulate professional dialogue on Air and Space Power among the members of the Armed Forces of the Americas, historians, professors and the general public. We present not only articles related to the technology, strategy and aerospace doctrine of the Air Force of the United States, but also varied topics of great historical, social or professional interest. We think that professional dialogue should include a wide range of ideas and our articles will reflect it.

    The US Air Force Journal of the Americas is produced triannually at Maxwell Air Base, Montgomery, Alabama, with 2,000 copies distributed among all the Ibero-American Air Forces, libraries, and regional universities in more than 20 countries.

  • Journal of Indo Pacific Affairs

    The Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (JIPA) is a professional journal of the Department of the Air Force and a forum for worldwide dialogue regarding the Indo-Pacific region, spanning from the west coasts of the Americas to the eastern shores of Africa and covering much of Asia and all of Oceania. The journal fosters intellectual and professional development for members of the Air Force and Space Force and the world’s other English-speaking militaries and informs decision makers and academicians around the globe.

  • Thwarting Antiquation: Efficient Decisions and Effective Systems for the US Air Force

    This paper evaluates the need for less cumbersome procedures for updating and maintaining weapon system readiness. United States weapon systems tend to fall into a cycle of antiquation and stagnation during the operations and support phase of their life cycles. Armed forces regulatory and financial policies, as written, restrict efforts to upgrade or update weapon systems on an ongoing basis; instead, they force these systems into obsolescence by inhibiting any design changes that intentionally provide appreciable performance increases. Current regulations contend that permanent weapon systems modifications must be treated as an acquisition, not an update; as such, they are subject to a byzantine process of bureaucratic approval and restrictive appropriations. The paper presents potential solutions to this issue, evaluated in terms of warfighter merit, feasibility, and potential risks. [Tristan A. Caruso / 2021 / 32 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-81]

  • 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 and  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 ( and Any questions or proposals for larger projects may be submitted to the Director, Air University Press:

  • 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]