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  •  Brown Bag Lessons

    Brown Bag Lessons

    Eric R. Jaren, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
    This author unlocks the “magic” of effective bullet writing through proven techniques. Following them guarantees immediate improvement for anyone who has struggled with formulating statements for recognition packages and appraisals. The author emphasizes that the “struggle to write comes to an end!” Skillful writing doesn’t have to be difficult. After reading this book, you will fully understand how to write bullets and why every word matters. Chief Jaren introduced these techniques at a seminar to teach a fair, consistent process to evaluate recognition packages. By following these guidelines, an entire organization was transformed within six months. Since then, these concepts have decisively transformed the writing, recognition, and promotions of every organization applying them. These practices continue to positively impact the Air Force and sister services through professional military education. In addition, they have helped transitioning service members and college students better communicate acquired capabilities and competencies on their résumés. Are you ready for the magic? [Eric R. Jaren / Dec 2017 / 134 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-278-4 / AU Press Code: B-150]
  •  Challenge and Response

    Challenge and Response

    Karl P. Magyar, editor-in-chief; associate editors, Maris McCrabb, Albert Mitchum, Lewis B. Ware
    In this collection of essays, the contributors examine the implications of the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact on planning for future military threats. They attempt to identify the nature and source of the most likely future threats to global security. Part I contains a broad review of the major determinants of international change. Part II analyzes specific situations, the changing nature of warfare, and potential responses to emerging challenges. [Karl P. Magyar, editor-in-chief; associate editors, Maris McCrabb, Albert Mitchum, Lewis B. Ware / 1994 / 444 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-053-1 / AU Press Code: B-56]
  •  Chasing Success

    Chasing Success

    Sarah B. Sewall
    This book examines how international expectations intersected with the United States Air Force’s fight for autonomy and utility, explains how the service began to change, and asks how airpower—and the US military as a whole—might further deepen its efforts. The author expands perspectives on assessing and directing the use of airpower and encourages further work to maximize both mission accomplishment and civilian protection. The recent evolution of US airpower offers inspiring, if incomplete, evidence that the conduct of war can become more humane while remaining effective. Technology, adversaries, and the goals of armed conflict will continue to evolve, but the central challenge of humanizing war will endure. Part one outlines the challenge that contemporary expectations about the American use of force pose for airpower. Part two describes the Air Force’s adaptation to modern expectations of civilian protection, tracing operational experiences during the 1990s and the consequent operational and institutional innovation. [Sarah B. Sewall / 2016 / 240 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-256-2 / AU Press Code: B-142]
  •  Circling the Earth

    Circling the Earth

    Elliott V. Converse III
    In December 1942, barely a year after the United States had entered World War II, the American military establishment was already planning a postwar overseas base network. Although initially designed to support an international police force, the plans increasingly assumed a national character as the Grand Alliance dissolved into the confrontations of the Cold War. Dr. Converse not only illustrates how Army, Navy, and Air Force planners went about their work but also analyzes the numerous factors influencing the nature, extent, and location of the projected base system. These included requirements for postwar US physical and economic security, rapidly changing technology, interservice rivalries, civil-military conflicts, and reactions by other nations to the prospect of American bases near or on their soil. [Elliott V. Converse III / 2005 / 265 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-141-4 / AU Press Code: B-97]
  •  Combat Operations C3I Fundamentals and Interactions

    Combat Operations C3I Fundamentals and Interactions

    George E. Orr
    The author introduces basic definitions, functions, and processes of command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I). He develops a conceptual model of the combat operations process based on the American approach to war. The study investigates the stochastic nature of combat operations and develops a guide to effective command. Major Orr concludes that a distributed C3I architecture designed to exploit the unpredictability of combat is best suited to the true nature of combat and the strengths of American fighting units. (Air University Press originally published this book in 1983 as Research Report No. AU-ARI-82-5 by Air University Press.) [George E. Orr / 2001 / 122 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-102-3 / AU Press Code: B-82]
  •  Combat Search and Rescue in Desert Storm

    Combat Search and Rescue in Desert Storm

    Col Darrel D. Whitcomb, USAFR, retired
    Budgetary, political, and organizational changes left the USAF unprepared for the combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission going into Desert Storm. Colonel Whitcomb relates his and others’ experiences from CSAR in Southeast Asia and examines the organization that was established to provide CSAR services in the Iraq-Kuwait theater of operations. He traces each incident from beginning to end along with the tactical and sometimes strategic implications. Scores of interviews, e-mails, and published works provide a compendium of lessons learned and recommendations gleaned from those who flew the missions and made the decisions in Iraq. [Col Darrel D. Whitcomb, USAFR, retired / 2006 / 325 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-153-8 / Cost: $26 / AU Press Code: B-102]
  •  Command in Air War

    Command in Air War

    Lt Col Michael W. Kometer, USAF
    This work examines whether “centralized control and decentralized execution” is a valid doctrinal tenet, given the technological advances in the information age. Fascinating scenarios from recent operations, set in the context of a “complex air operations system,” show the dilemmas presented by participants’ increased access to information—and the resulting consequences of their decisions. With the uncertainty of war and the blending of diverse organizations, the author illustrates that commanders must balance empowerment with accountability by developing depth in command relationships among their subordinates. [Lt Col Michael W. Kometer, USAF/ 2007 / 345 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-164-3 / AU Press Code: B-107]
  •  Commanding an Air Force Squadron

    Commanding an Air Force Squadron

    Timothy T. Timmons
    Colonel Timmons presents the views of many junior colonels and senior lieutenant colonels who have served as squadron commanders as he discusses the roles and responsibilities of this challenging assignment. Colonel Timmons's command and leadership principles, recommendations, and suggestions—though directed to the Air Force audience—apply to other US military services, officers of other nations, and civilian organizations and institutions. [Timothy T. Timmons / 1993 / 148 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-008-6 / AU Press Code: B-9]
  •  Commanding an Air Force Squadron in the Twenty-First Century

    Commanding an Air Force Squadron in the Twenty-First Century

    Jeffry F. Smith
    Jeffry Smith updates the earlier release of Col Timothy T. Timmon’s Commanding an Air Force Squadron (1993). In this book, which includes a foreword by Gen John P. Jumper and an introduction by Colonel Timmons, USAF, retired, Colonel Smith relies on the vast “insights, experiences, and recommendations” of former and current commanders to identify the attributes of a successful commander at multiple levels. He identifies some issues commanders face regardless of the level of command, including counseling personnel, dorm inspections, commanders’ calls, money management, and the roles of spouses and families. According to Colonel Smith, the conduct of individuals in times of crises is the truest barometer of a good commander. [Jeffry F. Smith / 2003 / 194 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-119-0 / AU Press Code: B-9]
  •  Conflict, Culture, and History

    Conflict, Culture, and History

    Stephen J. Blank et al.
    Five specialists examine the historical relationship of culture and conflict in various regional societies. The authors use Adda B. Bozeman's theories on conflict and culture as the basis for their analyses of the causes, nature, and conduct of war and conflict in the Soviet Union, the Middle East, Sinic Asia (China, Japan, and Vietnam), Latin America, and Africa. Drs. Blank, Lawrence Grinter, Karl P. Magyar, Lewis B. Ware, and Bynum E. Weathers conclude that non-Western cultures and societies do not reject war but look at violence and conflict as a normal and legitimate aspect of sociopolitical behavior. [Stephen J. Blank et al. / 1992 / 370 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-043-4 / AU Press Code: B-45]
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