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  • Launching the Workhorse: Vertical or Super-Short Takeoff Capabilities for the Next Theater Airlift Aircraft

    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). [Robert C. Owen, PhD / 2019 / 37 pages / ISSN: 1528-2325 / AU
  • JUST DO IT . . . YOURSELF: Implementing 3-D Printing in a Deployed Environment

    With increased budget cuts and an aging aircraft fleet, the Air Force is looking for innovative ways to reduce the procurement, transportation, and inventory costs of tools, parts, and supplies. In particular, traditional manufacturing, accounting for inventory, and transporting aircraft parts and supplies can be slow, costly, hazardous to personnel, and dangerous for the environment. The new
  • A Rapid Global Effects Capability

    This paper is about how a Rapid Global Effects Capability will provide the Air Force with operational agility. This ability will enable the Air Force to achieve the core missions of Multi-Domain Command and Control, Adaptive Domain Control, Global Integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Rapid Global Mobility, and Global Precision Strike by 2035. The ability to rapidly deliver
  • The Military Commander and the Law

    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
  • Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward

    Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward  Dr. Greg Zacharias, Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force 2015–18  Dr. Greg Zacharias, Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force 2015–18, 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,
  • Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, Vol. II

    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
  • The Combat Cloud: Enabling Multidomain Command and Control across the Range of Military Operations

    While the inherent advantages of the combat cloud are many, the challenges that surround its successful development and incorporation into modern warfare are equally numerous, including interoperability and security issues and ensuring decentralized execution at the tactical and operational levels. Despite these challenges, the ubiquitous nature of data will not allow arbitrary lines to be drawn
  • Doolittle Series 18: Multi-Domain Operations

    The Doolittle Series (DS18) was chartered by the chief of staff of the USAF to explore multi-domain war-fighting concepts to improve command and control of air, space, and cyberspace forces in support of dynamic and operationally agile operations. The exercise was held November 2018 at the LeMay Center Wargaming Institute, Air University. Interviews of players and facilitators were structured to
  • A Better State of War: Surmounting the Ethical Cliff in Cyber Warfare

    A Better State of War: Surmounting the Ethical Cliff in Cyber Warfare Maj Billy E. Pope, Jr.  This study analyzes the emergent field of cyber warfare through the lens of commonly accepted tenets of ethical warfare. By comparing the foundational understanding of concepts that determine the justice of wars (jus ad bellum) and justice in war (jus en bello) with the capabilities cyber warfare
  • AU Press FAQs

    BookstoreDo I have to be at Maxwell to receive the free publications?Our publications are available to everyone at no cost in electronic formats.Do you have "The Little Brown Book"? It is not our publication. AFI 36-2618, Enlisted Force Structure, is commonly called "The Little Brown Book." AFIs and many other Department of the Air Force publications such as AFH 33-337, The Tongue and Quill, are
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