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  • The Stakes Are High

    A series of high-profile ethical lapses by senior military professionals has generated calls from levels as high as the commander in chief for a renewed emphasis on military ethics. Leaders engaged in professional military education across the joint force have worked to ensure their programs support this call. This paper explores and assesses the ethics education programs at the service senior leader colleges (war colleges) based on three fundamental questions: (1) What are the desired outcomes of ethics education? (2) How should the curriculum be structured to achieve those outcomes? (3) What is the correct faculty composition to develop and employ that curriculum? Analysis reveals that existing ethics education programs at the war colleges compare favorably to the model program structure based on the answers to these questions. However, leaders at these institutions could further
  • Military Personnel as Innovators

    Maxwell Paper No. 74 calls for innovation from US military leaders reverberate throughout the ranks. In an organizational culture that reinforces self-restraint, rewards groupthink, and treats white space as wasted space, these leaders have unrealistic expectations of their military personnel. An examination of the requirements for innovation along with recent neuroscience and organizational psychology research provides valuable insight into how the checklist mentality of the military inhibits creativity and innovation. Recommendations to counter these barriers include recruiting creative personalities, training in divergent thinking, providing time for incubation, and promoting innovative leaders. Adoption of these recommendations will embolden military members to be more creative and will cultivate a culture that champions innovation.  [Col Michelle E. Ewy, USAF / Jan 2018, 33 pages /
  • Developing Your Full Range of Leadership

    Developing Your Full Range of Leadership Dr. Fil J. Arenas, Dr. Daniel Connelly, and Maj Michael D. Williams, USAF    Defining leadership is a daunting task because there so many definitions. In fact, if you research the term, you will discover, according to Stogdill, as many definitions of leadership as there are leaders. That statement suggests that leadership is an individual and personal effort. Developing leaders must find a model or theory that best fits their organization. Organizations at Air University are utilizing the full range of leadership approach. Initially introduced by James MacGregor Burns in 1978 and Bernard Bass in 1985, these transformational and transactional leadership styles have sustained for nearly four decades. [Dr. Fil J. Arenas, Air University, Dr. Daniel Connelly, Air university, Maj Michael D. Williams, USAF / 2017 /
  • A Discourse on Winning and Losing

    A Discourse on Winning and Losing is the first book published on John R. Boyd’s famous same-titled briefing. A maverick fighter pilot devoted to the Air Force and its mission, Boyd challenged orthodoxy including fighter tactics and the theory of how wars were to be fought. Inspiring radically different opinions, he had the courage to state his views—and defend them regardless of consequence. His ideas have influenced the military as well as business, politics, and education. Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich stated that Boyd “changed American military doctrine and made Desert Storm possible” while former defense secretary James Schlesinger remarked that “the military services should welcome more people like Colonel John Boyd.” [Col John R. Boyd, USAF, Retired; Edited and Compiled by Dr. Grant T. Hammond / 2018 / 400 pages / ISBN: 978585662791 / AU Press Code: B-151]  Read This
  • Brothers in Berets: The Evolution of Air Force Special Tactics 1953-2003

    Relying largely on oral history interviews, this work explores the evolution and contributions of the Battlefield Airmen assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) special tactics units over 50 years. “Their story deserves telling within the US Air Force and to the general public,” notes Gen John Jumper, USAF, retired. Battlefield Airmen core competencies include performing duties primarily on the ground, often “outside the wire,” and under austere conditions—all skills needed for carrying the fight to the enemy on the ground. The AFSOC special tactics community is a small brotherhood of highly trained and equally dedicated warriors consisting of special tactics officers and combat controllers, combat rescue officers and pararescuemen, and officer and enlisted special operations weathermen. Its members have proven themselves as force multipliers time and time again
  • Submitting Manuscripts

    SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS All manuscripts must comply with the Air University Style and Author Guide, which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. If you are interested in publishing a manuscript through AU Press, please read this section carefully. We cannot accept manuscripts that are not submitted according to the procedures described here.Submitting a Manuscript to the Publication Review BoardTo have a manuscript considered by the AU Publication Review Board, please send an electronic copy of the manuscript, preferably on a CD, along with a cover letter that identifies your probable audience, describes your project’s value to the Air Force, and tells us about your background and expertise, to the Director, Air University Press, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-6010.Submitting an Accepted
  • Introduction to the Press

     About Us Air University (AU) Press, Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, publishes scholarly books, journals, faculty research, student papers selected by AU schools, and textbooks, as well as the Air University Catalog and other administrative documents for AU. Our publications are used by airpower scholars and students throughout the world.AU Press seeks manuscripts from both military and civilian writers on such topics as• air, space, and cyber power doctrine and strategy;• the nature and future of air, space, and cyber power’s role in warfare and peace;• the history of air, space, and cyber power;• case studies of the employment of air, space,and cyber power at all levels of conflict;• aircraft and weapons systems;• space applications; and• biographies of air, space, and cyber power personalities, pioneers, theorists, leaders, and commanders.Authors may submit manuscripts on
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  • Air University Press Audiobooks

    Sharing Success–Owning Failure Preparing to Command in the Twenty–First Century Air Force David L. Goldfein Then-colonel David L. Goldfein discusses several themes central to a successful command tour.* His ideas and questions will spark your imagination as you begin preparing for the task ahead of you—squadron commander. He shares stories from other squadron commanders that include both success and failure because, as Goldfein states, “it is from studying our failures that we learn, grow, and improve as officers and leaders.” Maj Gen Charles D. Link, USAF, retired, states that “this book is a must-read, not only for those selected to command a squadron but for all our young officers.” *General Goldfein is the current chief of staff of the Air Force. Dowload MP3 files:  Chapter 01   Chapter 02   Chapter 03   Chapter 04   Chapter 05   Chapter 06
  • The Publication Process

    PRODUCTION SCHEDULE Process Length A number of variables affect our publication process (see the figure below). These include the manuscript’s length and quality, your availability to work with the editor, the workload and priorities of the press team assigned to your project, and the number of manuscripts already in AU Press’s production queue. The following schedule shows typical production times once the editing process begins:• Book 8 to 12 months • AFRI Paper 3 to 6 months • Drew Paper 4 to 5 months • Wright Flyer Paper 3 to 4 months • Walker Paper 3 to 4 monthsAccepted Manuscripts If AU Press decides to publish your manuscript, we will notify you to submit the final files according to the instructions in the following section. Once we have received your final files and confirmed that they meet our submission specifications, we will put your manuscript in our production queue and
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