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Fairchild Papers comprise an Air University Press series of substantive essays considered too short for publication as monographs but too lengthy to be journal articles. The series is named for Gen Muir S. Fairchild, first commander of Air University and widely regarded as its conceptual father. 

  •  Agile Combat Support Doctrine and Logistics Officer Training

    Agile Combat Support Doctrine and Logistics Officer Training

    J. Reggie Hall
    Lt Col J. Reggie examines the evolution of USAF logistics doctrine, the linkage between doctrine, strategy, tactics, and training programs, and the corresponding application of logistics employment and sustainment functions in a deployed environment. In doing so, he analyzes the USAF’s diverse logistics officer training programs to determine if there is a deficiency in interdisciplinary logistics employment and sustainment training. [J. Reggie Hall / 2003 / 90 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-114-7]


    Maj Richard J. Hazdra’s Air Mobility: The Key to the United States National Security is an examination of the force structure of Air Mobility Command (AMC) based on a model for two major theater wars. His study examines this organization’s current force structure. Air mobility is the key that unlocks the national security strategy (NSS). AMC’s force structure is crucial for the United States to implement its NSS. His study centers on the question: Can a force structure based on the possibility of fighting two major theater wars satisfy the requirements for steady-state operations? Major Hazdra examines three corollary issues: air mobility as a form of airpower that enables the military instrument of power in two basic ways, requirements placed on mobility air forces, and the structure of mobility air forces and the effectiveness of that structure. Air Mobility: The Key to the United States National Security was written as a master’s thesis for Air University’s School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Air University Press is pleased to present his essay as a Fairchild Paper. [RICHARD J. HAZDRA, Major, USAF / 2001, 129 pages / ISBN: 158566-137-6 / AU Press Code: p-19]
  •  Artificial Intelligence, China, Russia, and the Global Order

    Artificial Intelligence, China, Russia, and the Global Order

    Nicholas Wright, ed.
    A wide variety of perspectives on the different uses of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Russia and China and the impact this will have on the Global Order. Essays are from leading defense professionals, academics, think tanks, and policy developers. A comprehensive primer for those concerned with how emerging technologies will influence the west's near-peer competitors. [Nicholas Wright, ed. / 2019 / 312 pages / ISBN: 9781585662951 / AU Press Code: B-0161]
  •  Challenges in the Multipolar Space-Power Environment

    Challenges in the Multipolar Space-Power Environment

    Matthew M. Schmunk, Capt, USAF, and Michael R. Sheets, Capt, USAF
    This work presents and overview of ballistic missile defense (BMD) initiatives and their attendant technologies with a careful analysis of their existing capabilities and potentialities to make recommendations as to the BMD initiatives that are most likely to provide realistic expectations of useful defense capabilities in the near to mid-term. There is also an extended discussion of the implications of BMD in the relationships of the United States and the nations of Asia, particularly Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, and Japan. [Matthew M. Schmunk, Capt, USAF, and Michael R. Sheets, Capt, USAF / 2007 / 60 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-166-X / AU Press Code: P-48]
  •  Employee Warriors and the Future of the American Fighting Force

    Employee Warriors and the Future of the American Fighting Force

    Hugh S. Vest
    The rapid expansion of social democracy and technology has drawn the military closer to civilian society. Major Vest takes a practical and conceptual look at some of the deep cultural patterns of change within today’s military society and he highlights the need to continue the dialogue on shaping the military culture of tomorrow’s cyber warriors. He questions whether the modern occupational military can consistently fulfill the demands of soldiers in the twenty-first century, or whether it is adversely affecting the development of the heroic leaders and followers we need for future military endeavors. [Hugh S. Vest / 2002 / 82 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-105-8 / AU Press Code: P-22]
  •  Endgame in the Pacific

    Endgame in the Pacific

    G. Scott Gorman
    Maj Gorman examines the problems encountered by XX and XXI Bomber Commands in employing the B-29 against Japan, initially from India and China, later from the Marianas. The technologically advanced bomber was expected to be the technological solution to attacking Japan across long distances. XX and XXI commands, however, found that employing the big bomber was not as simple as planners had hoped. Their problems included technological malfunctions, doctrinal shortcomings, and unintended consequences. [G. Scott Gorman / 2000 / 80 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-075-2 / AU Press Code: P-7]
  •  Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions

    Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions

    Karen U. Kwiatkowski
    Colonel Kwiatkowski details air operations challenges in Africa, and she discusses how the USAF currently meets or avoids these challenges. She contends that Africa is like the "western frontier" of America's history-undeveloped, brimming with opportunity as well as danger, and that it is a place where standard assumptions often do not apply. A portion of Colonel Kwiatkowski's study is dedicated to illustrating how USAF air transport is really done in Africa on a daily basis. She recommends ways to improve our ability to conduct expeditionary air operations on the continent. [Karen U. Kwiatkowski / 2001 / 145 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-100-7 / AU Press Code: P-21]
  •  Launching the Workhorse: Vertical or Super-Short Takeoff Capabilities for the Next Theater Airlift Aircraft

    Launching the Workhorse: Vertical or Super-Short Takeoff Capabilities for the Next Theater Airlift Aircraft

    Dr. Robert C. Owen
    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: P-129]
  •  Recapitalizing the Air Force Intellect

    Recapitalizing the Air Force Intellect

    Col Dennis M. Drew, USAF, Retired
    This collection of essays and speeches is the fruit of Prof. Drew’s 30 years at Air University, a career spent at the intellectual forefront of the Air Force. The topics range from the history of airpower doctrine, to the transformation of airpower after the Cold War, to the education of future airpower leaders. Not only does the republication of these essays—and the first publication of the speeches—provide an opportunity to look back at some of the key periods in airpower’s development, but also Drew’s sharp analysis and careful research illuminate important problems Airmen continue to face. The items are grouped into four parts or subject areas: Considering the Past—Contemplating the Future; The End of the Cold War; The Nature and Impact of Airpower; and Educating Airmen. As the title indicates, this collection can serve as a tool for intellectual renewal or “recapitalization” among Airmen by providing a historical context for current airpower issues and stimulating new thought about these issues. [Col Dennis M. Drew, USAF, Retired / 2008, 280 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-179-4 / AU Press Code: P-57]
  •  Ten Propositions Regarding Spacepower

    Ten Propositions Regarding Spacepower

    M. V. Smith
    As political and military leaders ponder the future of space operations, the time has come to frame propositions regarding space power. Specifically, the author seeks to answer the question, "What is the nature of space power?" Two points come immediately to the forefront of this work. First, space power is different from airpower even though both share the vertical dimension of warfare. Second, space operations have matured to a point wherein valid and unique propositions regarding space power are identifiable. The objective of this work is to stimulate discussions and encourage those who do not yet understand or appreciate the nature of space power in modern warfare. [M. V. Smith / 2002 / 156 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-113-9 / AU Press Code: P-28]
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