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  • Good Outfit: The 803rd Engineer Battalion and the Defense of the Philippines, 1941–1942

    This book is the account of the 803rd Aviation Engineer Battalion and its deployment to the Philippines during WWII. It is a cautionary tale, detailing the failures of leadership at all levels which led to ineffective infrastructure development, and eventually, the destruction of the heavy bomber fleet and the attrition of troops due to disease and death from a lack of supplies and support.

    [Paul W. Ropp / 2021 / 559 pages / ISBN 9781585663033 / AU Press Code: B-166]

  • Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, volume III: Integrated Base Defense Principles for Commanders

    This third and final volume in the AU Press monograph series Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency provides concise principles designed to assist Air Force and Space Force commanders in better understanding their role in base defense to better protect their people, resources, and war-fighting assets. Volume I of this book was Air University Press’s number one download in 2014; Volume II was released in 2019. Volume III distills lessons and recommendations from the preceding two volumes to provide commanders the most concise view of the issues and concepts at stake in fulfilling their base defense roles.

    This volume provides future wing, group, and squadron commanders and maturing Air Force and Space Force leaders some guiding principles through which they can better lead, protect, and secure their people, and air- and space power assets. Volume III outlines 10 base defense principles for commanders: (1) You Own It! (commander responsibilities for base defense); (2) Get Left of the Boom: Deter, Disrupt, Deceive; (3) Influence the Base Security Zone . . . or Someone Else Will; (4) Unity of Effort: Synchronize the Fight; (5) Everyone Must Have a Role in the Base Defense . . . and Play It!; (6) Intelligence Drives Maneuver: A Joint-Interagency Approach Is Critical; (7) Air-mindedness Includes Using Air Assets for Base Defense; (8) Law Enforcement Skills Are Critical to Base Defense and Irregular Warfare; (9) Manage the Risk: Commit Intellectual Capital to the Fight; and (10) Nowhere to Hide: Anticipate Future Threats and Develop Countermeasures. [Col Shannon W. Caudill, USAF, Retired / 2021 / 87 pp / ISBN 9781585662883 / B-169]

  • Sharing the Journey: A Military Spouse Perspective

    A unit’s command team is the partnership among the commander, the senior noncommissioned officer (NCO), and a volunteer lead spouse. As the primary advisor, ambassador, and advocate for the spouses and families of members in the unit, finding the right person to undertake the critical role of volunteer lead spouse is one of the most important decisions a commander will make. Once a spouse in the unit decides to take on the role, it can be challenging and incredibly rewarding to navigate working with military leadership, state or local government, base programs and organizations, and other military spouses to take care of families. This book captures “words of wisdom” collected by Mrs. Dawn Goldfein, spouse of the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Gen David L. Goldfein over their 37-year career. For command teams that seek to understand and leverage the military “spouse network” of command, lead, key, and key spouse mentors within their unit or their installation, it offers a treasure trove of useful ideas and stories. [Dawn A. Goldfein, Dr. Paul J. Springer and Capt Katelynne R. Baier, USAF / 2020/ 70 pages / ISBN: 9781585663156 / AU Press Code: B-167]

  • The Secret Sauce for Organizational Success: Communications and Leadership on the Same Page

    Admiral Jurkowsky's distinguished military career culminated in service as the Navy's Chief of Information, and he worked on a variety of events, from the Tailhook Scandal to various incidents at the Naval Academy. His book highlights the importance of honesty, clear messaging, and a positive relationship with the press in order to effectively manage strategic communications. The goal of The Secret Sauce for Organizational Success is for both communication practitioners and their leaders to learn from the author’s experiences and motivate both, in tandem, so that they always do the “right thing.” [Tom Jurkowsky / 2020 / 162 pages / ISBN: 9781585663019 / AU Press Code: B-162]

  • Practical Guide to Negotiating in the Military, Third Edition [ONLINE ONLY]

    The Practical Guide for Negotiating in the Military is a sourcebook for all leaders. It contains all the essential concepts and applications to help military leaders be more proficient negotiators. We all have our natural negotiating preferences, and if left to our own, will default to this preference. This “one-size-fits-all” approach makes negotiating a reactive process for many. For routine situations, this may be an adequate negotiating strategy. This guidebook advocates that negotiations become more of a proactive and deliberate process. This is due to the nature of military operations. There are many routine and predictable conditions, but then there are many more novel and/or unpredictable situations requiring a more deliberate response rather than a conditioned reaction. This guidebook provides the tools for both understanding the concepts and applying them, changing the “one-size-fits-all” philosophy into a toolkit of available options – choose the right tool based on the conditions. [Stefan Eisen Jr./ 2019 / 160 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-294-4 / AU Press Code: B-158]

  • 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]

  • 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 / AU Press Code: B-155 / 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]