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  • Movement and Maneuver in Deep Space: A Framework to Leverage Advanced Propulsion

    This analytical study looks at the importance of Deep Space Operations and recommends an approach for senior policy leaders. Section 1 presents a capability requirements definition with candidate solutions and technology strategies. Section 2 recommends an acquisition and organizational approach. Section 3 provides an extended strategic rationale for Deep Space Operations as a national priority. .[Maj Brian E. Hans, Maj Christopher D. Jefferson, and Maj Joshua M. Wehrle / 2019 / 73 pages / AU Press Code: WF-67]
  • Unofficial United States Guide to the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949

    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. [Theodore T. Richard, Colonel, USAF / 2019 / 203 pages / ISBN: 9781585662920 / AU Press Code: B-157]
  • 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 Press Code: FP-129]
  • 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 manufacturing technology called “3-D printing,” also known as “Additive Manufacturing” (AM) has been recommended as a possible solution to reduce repair time, costs of procurement, transportation, and inventory costs, while also being safer, less labor intensive, and more environmentally sound than traditional, manufactured replacement parts.[Maj Klinton R. Gager, USAF / 2019 / 43 pages / ISBN: / AU Press Code: WF-66]
  • 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 global effects will have implications for both domestic and foreign policy.[Maj Daniel Baltrusaitus, USAF / 2019 / 49 pages / ISBN: / AU Press Code: WF-62]
  • 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 reference guide for commanders in the field, providing general guidance and helping commanders clarify issues and identify potential problem areas. [Judge Advocate General's School/ 2019 / 524 pages / AU Press Code: B-159]
  • Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward

    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, 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. The commercial world already recognizes this potential and has pounced on it; for our military, the pace is slower, but the promise is just as transformational. Our potential adversaries are moving out on a broad range of related investments; the time is right that we do as well, taking advantage of the dizzying pace of commercial advances in AS and AI applications, as well as explosive gains in the underlying computational infrastructure afforded by Moore’s law growth in computational power, memory, networking, and data availability. 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 / Office of the Chief Scientist of the Air Force]
  • 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 (getting out). [Shannon W. Caudill, Colonel, USAF, Retired / 2019 / 452 pages / ISBN: 9781585662418 / AU Press Code: B-154]
  • 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 between domains in the future, and command and control must no longer be confined by such terms. Going forward, information must be generated, synthesized, shared, and accessible by all, for all, and through all domains; the combat cloud is the instrument to do so. [Maj Jacob Hess, USAF; Maj Aaron Kiser, USAF; Maj El Mostafa Bouhafa, Royal Moroccan Air Force; and Shawn Williams, Defense Intelligence Agency / 2019 / 42 pages / AU Press Code: WF-0065]
  • 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 obtain their rationales for and insights gained from their decisions to achieve DS18’s objectives. These interviews were nonattributional and provided each team’s “why” and “what is needed” to modify the chain of command to achieve integrated multi-domain command and control (MDC2) at the operational level. The questions and answers are broken down by team and summarized in the body of this report. [Air Force Lessons Learned / 2019 / 88 pages / ISSN: 2575-6737 / AU Press Code: LP-3] 
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