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  • Hot Topic: Iran

    Need more information on US strategy in Iran? Take a look at a few, select AU Press and AU resources that will help get you up to speed.
  • Special Air Warfare and the Secret War in Laos: Air Commandos 1964–1975

    The story of special air warfare and the Air Commandos who served for the ambassadors in Laos from 1964 to 1975 is captured through extensive research and veteran interviews. The author has meticulously put together a comprehensive overview of the involvement of USAF Air Commandos who served in Laos as trainers, advisors, and clandestine combat forces to prevent the communist takeover of the Royal Lao Government. This book includes pictures of those operations, unveils what had been a US government secret war, and adds a substantial contribution to understanding the wider war in Southeast Asia. [Joseph D. Celeski / 2019 / 485 pages / ISBN: 9781585662906 / AU Press Code: B-156].
  • Debating in Hi-Def: The Need for More Detailed Understanding in the Discussion over Autonomous Weapon Systems

    JAG School Paper Series, paper no. 2, a runner-up award winner in the 2017 JAG School writing competition, identifies gaps and inaccuracies in the discourse on robots, autonomous weapons, and the law. [Evan K. Field / 2017 / 33 pages / ISSN: 2643-8933 / AU Press Code: JP-002]
  • Taming Killer Robots: Giving Meaning to the “Meaningful Human Control” Standard for Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

    JAG School Paper Series, paper no. 1, top award winner in the 2017 JAG School writing competition, assesses disparate views on autonomous weapon systems and artificial intelligence and how technological advances relate to the traditional laws of armed conflict and recommends a three-factor test. [Adam Cook / 2017 / 29 pages / ISSN: 2643-8933 / AU Press Code: JP-001]
  • Masters of Analytical Tradecraft: Certifying the Standards and Analytic Rigor of Intelligence Products

    This paper explores analysis in intelligence and evaluates a proposal to certify and convey analytical rigor as it relates to intelligence products. To accomplish this, an examination of intelligence failures was conducted to assess the application of analytical rigor across historic case studies. The historic failures demonstrate gaps in standardization and insufficiencies in analytical rigor. This paper proposes establishing unit-level certified Masters of Analytic Tradecraft (MAT) analysts to be trained and entrusted to evaluate and rate the standards and analytical rigor of intelligence products prior to publication. [Lt Col J. Tucker Rojas / 2016 / 32 pages / ISSN: 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-61]
  • Revolutionizing Mental Health Care Delivery in the United States Air Force by Shifting the Access Point to Primary Care

    This paper received the 2016 USAF Surgeon General Award for best ACSC paper in the medical field. Mental health care demand continues to rise in the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS), and there are not enough mental health personnel to meet the needs of the population. While the US Air Force is shrinking in size and budget, no additional funding is being allocated to procure more mental health personnel. A one-year pilot study was launched in FY 15 at three USAF military treatment facilities to study the effects of shifting the access point for mental health care from the mental health clinic to the primary care behavioral health clinic (known in the USAF as the Behavioral Health Optimizaton Program or BHOP) and reallocating mental health clinic personnel to BHOP to support the increased demand. [Maj Matthew Nielsen / 2016 / 64 pages / ISSN: 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-59]
  • Additive Manufacture of Propulsion Systems in Low Earth Orbit

    Lifting mass to orbit is one of the most challenging concepts of space travel. This paper proposes a concept of a hub at low Earth orbit (LEO) that additively manufactures or more colloquially 3-D prints components of the boost and satellite systems to reduce weight to orbit. A hub at LEO with three component modules will accomplish this, and estimates put the cost for this effort around that of one government satellite launch. This concept proposes a receive/assemble/deploy module to capture a satellite as it boosts from Earth and then attaches additively manufactured parts to the satellite for redeployment, a print module to print RL-10-like boost phase engines and multimode propulsion systems, and a storage facility for materials and propellants. This hub will enable making parts through additive manufacturing in space and lead to the printing of more complex systems in the future, thereby promoting the development of space exploration. [Maj Kristen C. Castonguay / 2018 / 29 pages / ISSN: 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-69]
  • 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 / ISSN: 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-67]
  • Unofficial United States Guide to the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949 [ONLINE ONLY]

    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]