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  •  Bomber


    Phillip Meilinger
    Noted historian and retired USAF Col Phillip Meilinger’s Bomber traces the development of Strategic Air Command in parallel with a fledgling independent Air Force amid the drama of the Cold War. This well-documented history captures not only lessons learned in strategy, leadership, and budgetary crises, but also the personalities and politics that made the Air Force what it is today. More than 50 historic photos help bring this exciting story to life. [Phillip Meilinger / 2012 / 373 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-219-7 / Cost: $49 / AU Press Code: B-127]
  •  Bombing the European Axis Powers

    Bombing the European Axis Powers

    Richard G. Davis
    In Bombing the European Axis Powers Dr. Richard G. Davis, currently a division chief for the US Army Center for Military History, provides a detailed chronological narrative of the Anglo-American strategic bomber offensive against Hitler’s Germany, his European allies, and German-occupied territory. Davis also includes several in-depth discussions covering such topics as the evacuation of Sicily, Allied airpower and the Holocaust, the bombing of Dresden, and overall Anglo-American policy concerning city-area bombing. [Richard G. Davis / 2006 / 648 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-148-1 / AU Press Code: B-99]
  •  Brothers in Berets

    Brothers in Berets

    Forrest L. Marion
    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 throughout their history in places like Somalia, Serbia, and the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. [Dr. Forrest L. Marion / 2018 / 429 pages / ISBN: / AU Press Code: B-149]
  •  Brown Bag Lessons [ONLINE ONLY]

    Brown Bag Lessons [ONLINE ONLY]

    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]
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