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  • The Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History, 1988–2017

    The Harmon Lecture Series is the oldest and longest-running lecture series at the United States Air Force Academy. This second volume builds the collection initiated in volume I (featuring lectures from 1959 to 1987). Volume II showcases 29 lectures featuring authoritative scholarship and acumen on topics ranging from airpower and strategy to leadership and civic engagement. [Mark E. Grotelueschen, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired / 2020 / 656 pages / ISBN 9781585663026 / AU Press Code: B-165A]

  • The Laird-Packard Way: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy

    This paper contends that the study of David Packard, the co-founder of electronics firm giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) and one of the founding fathers of Silicon Valley, is essential for those who seek to understand better the realm of defense acquisition (the battles before the battle). David Packard served as deputy secretary of defense between January 1969 and December 1971, significantly influencing modern defense acquisition policy and playing a critical role in the birth of fourth-generation airpower. This research focuses on the lessons learned from Packard’s experience, some developmental programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impact of those programs on Packard’s acquisition reform movement. Specific programs visited include the C-5, F-111, F-14, B-1, the A-X Competition, the Lightweight Fighter (LWF) Competition (YF-16, YF-17), and the Advanced Medium Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) Transport (AMST) Competition (YC-14, YC-15). Packard’s three prototyping competitions, the A-X, AMST, and LWF, resulted in the rise of the A-10, F-16, F/A-18, and C-17. Within the realm of defense acquisition, lessons learned from these developmental programs are analogous to lessons learned from battles and operational campaigns, while the evolution of acquisition policy is analogous to the evolution of war-fighting doctrine. Packard’s approach to acquisition, not the platforms themselves, is at the center of this study. [Maj. Brian M. Frederickson / 2020 / 139 pages / ISSN 2687-7260 / AU Press Code: WF-74]