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  • The Vital Era

    During WWII, Knerr led logistics planning efforts to mobilize the Eighth Air Force in European Theater of Operations (ETO) and later amassed theaterwide authority of logistics, aligning the entire logistics effort of the Army Air Forces (AAF) in the ETO. Among many career accomplishments, Knerr ended his career as the USAF’s first Inspector General establishing the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and is accredited with designing the USAF’s dress blue uniform. Little known fact, Knerr’s aviation interests began as a child at the mouth of the wellspring, building kites and scrubbing toilets for the Wright Brothers at their bicycle shop. 
    [David A. Loska / 2021 / no. 208 / 978-1-58566-308-8 / AU Press Code: no. B-170]

  • 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.

  • No Moment of Victory: The NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan, 2009–2011

    No Moment of Victory examines NATO coalition efforts to build Afghan Army and police forces with the objective of transitioning the war to Afghan control. The NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan (NTM-A) grew from a handful of senior officers and enlisted personnel to over 6,000 coalition members training Afghans across the country. Yet there was also a deep historical underpinning to the command’s programs and processes. This book examines the influence of Cold War modernization theory on NTM-A from 2009 to 2011 and offers a cautionary account of the limits of Western military practices and culture in security force assistance.
    [Martin Loicano and Craig C. Felker / 2021 / 384 pages / ISBN 9781585663095 / AU Press Code: B-171]

  • Flexible Employment of Multi-Role Assets

    This paper discusses how current doctrine is antiquated and does not align well with current mission requirements and equipment. The author argues that by combining assets into multirole platforms and updating doctrine and air operations, full utilization of assets can occur. [Trevor A. Gustafson / 2021 / 23 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-84]

  • A+ Toolkit

    We developed this publication to support Command Teams – commanders, senior enlisted leaders, and spouses – who want (or need) to enhance public education options for their personnel.  It provides an approach, resources, and examples to help you address the most common K-12 challenges affecting military installations.

  • 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.

  • Establishing a Space Force Culture: Lessons on Artifacts and Organizational Identity

    In this paper, the author argues for establishing a separate and complete organizational identity for the United States Space Force. Leaders must manage and incorporate new cultural artifacts to foster the desired identity of the Space Force through heraldry and other historical items. Through the use of organizational identity theory, the author proposes a methodology to help establish corporate-level cultural guidance to develop this identity now and in the future. [Joshua A. Faustman / 2021 / 34 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-83]

  • 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. 

  • America’s Strategic Baggage in the Middle East: Is it Necessary and Sustainable

    Published amid the ongoing debate over the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, Air Force Col Dan Magruder provides an examination of the strategic rationale that underpins that decision. Magruder, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and a veteran of that conflict, argues that the “strategic baggage” of a continued American military presence in the Middle East is hindering force recapitalization and a pivot to great power competition. By focusing on the most dangerous threats to national security, the Air Force, and the nation, can avoid the more common but less existential entanglements that inhibit our ability to adequately defend the country. [Col Daniel L. Magruder, Jr., USAF / 2021 / 57 pages / AU Press Code: P-132]

  • There from the Beginning: Women in the US Air Force

    Since women were first allowed to officially join the US military in 1948, their integration into the traditionally masculine domain of war fighting has been both evolutionary and revolutionary. The Air Force has never known an existence without women in the ranks, which in turn has helped shape the perception, available opportunities, and utilization of female Airmen over the last 72 years. This definitive history draws from surviving extant records—scarce though they might be, in an institution not always given to chronicling the contributions of its female members—as well as interviews with the people who lived and made the history as it happened. What was it like being a woman in the Air Force throughout the decades? What challenges did these women face? How did they perceive their role in the force? What were their successes and where is there desire for change today? Perhaps most importantly, how can this historical context be used to help define and create the Air Force of the future?
    [Marissa N. Kester / 2021 / 231 pp / 978-1-58566-310-1 / B-172]