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The LeMay Papers are dedicated to developing, assessing, and promoting Air Force doctrine and education and advocating airpower  doctrine in joint and multinational arenas. These papers are published by the Air University Press and broadly distributed throughout the US  Air Force, the Department of Defense, and other governmental organizations, as well as to leading scholars, selected institutions of higher  learning, public-policy institutes, and the media around the world.

  •  Asymmetric Advantage: Air Advising in a Time of Strategic Competition

    Asymmetric Advantage: Air Advising in a Time of Strategic Competition

    Maj Michael M. Trimble
    This project aims to determine how the USAF should organize and present forces for air advising. The project uses a comparative case study approach, analyzing the 6th Special Operations Squadron in the Philippines, expeditionary air advisors in Iraq, and the 81st Fighter Squadron (i.e., Afghan A-29 training). The author finds that more cohesive and sustainable air advisor unit constructs achieve better operational results, and therefore constitute the best cornerstones for a more unified, effective air advising enterprise going forward. On the other hand, ad hoc methods of selecting, training, and deploying air advisors have yielded few operational gains. The author offers several recommendations intended to help the USAF organize and employ air advisors in a more cohesive and sustainable manner. [Michael M. Trimble / 2019 / 131 pages / ISSN: 2575-7539 / AU Press Code: LP-5].
  •  Doolittle Series 18: Multi-Domain Operations

    Doolittle Series 18: Multi-Domain Operations

    Air Force Lessons Learned
    The Doolittle Series (DS18) was chartered by the chief of staff of the USAF to explore multi-domain war-fighting concepts to improve command and control of air, space, and cyberspace forces in support of dynamic and operationally agile operations. The exercise was held November 2018 at the LeMay Center Wargaming Institute, Air University. Interviews of players and facilitators were structured to obtain their rationales for and insights gained from their decisions to achieve DS18’s objectives. These interviews were nonattributional and provided each team’s “why” and “what is needed” to modify the chain of command to achieve integrated multi-domain command and control (MDC2) at the operational level. The questions and answers are broken down by team and summarized in the body of this report. [Air Force Lessons Learned / 2019 / 88 pages / ISSN: 2575-6737 / AU Press Code: LP-3]
  •  Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) 2018 Report

    Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) 2018 Report

    Maj David Stuckenberg; Amb. R. James Woolsey; and Col Douglas DeMaio, Editor: Dr. Ernest A. Rockwell
    In August 2018 Air University brought together a diverse group of leading subject matter experts to address current challenges in the electromagnetic spectrum. This report summarizes insights, conclusions, and recommendations developed during the inaugural Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF). The EDTF seeks to inspire action based upon an array of research spanning more than six decades. Such actions and exploits are needed to immediately deepen the defense and resilience of the United States and its allies. [Maj David Stuckenberg, USAF; Amb. R. James Woolsey; and Col Douglas DeMaio, USAF; Editor: Dr. Ernest Allan Rockwell / 2018 / 69 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-286-9 / AU Press Code: P-127]
  •  Electromagnetic Defense Task Force 2.0—2019 Report

    Electromagnetic Defense Task Force 2.0—2019 Report

    Maj David Stuckenberg, Amb. R. James Woolsey, Col Douglas DeMaio, Editor: Donna Budjenska
    In spring 2019 Air University hosted subject matter experts from across the country to expand on the accomplishments of the inaugural Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF). Building on the 2018 summit, the 2019 EDTF summit advanced and amplified recommendations to leaders nationwide, ensuring the call for awareness, preparation, defense, and mitigation is sounded far and wide. Using extensive research and expertise, EDTF 2.0 participants have contributed to understanding, preparedness, and resilience for communities throughout the United States. [Maj David Stuckenberg, USAF; Amb. R. James Woolsey, Col Douglas DeMaio, USAF; Editor: Donna Budjenska / 2019 / 130 pages / ISSN: 2575-6737 / AU Press Code: LP-4].
  •  The Redesigned Air Force Continuum of Learning

    The Redesigned Air Force Continuum of Learning

    Lt Gen Darryl L. Roberson and Dr. Matthew C. Stafford
    The USAF Strategic Master Plan posited five strategic vectors to help prioritize investments, drive institutional change, and operationalize key concepts. These included providing effective twenty-first-century deterrence; maintaining a robust and flexible global intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability; ensuring a full-spectrum capable, high-end focused force; pursuing a multidomain approach to the Air Force’s five core missions; and continuing to pursue game-changing technologies. Arguably Air Education and Training Command (AETC) supports all of these vectors; however, the call for a full-spectrum capable, high-end focused force falls squarely within the AETC mission. AETC was tasked with preparing for the future, yet much of what we deliver under the banner of force development is lodged in a learning paradigm that has not altered substantially since the creation of our service. In this paper, the authors briefly review the disruptive forces that are driving change across our Air Force, share some insights into how our sister services are reacting to similar pressures in terms of their force-development strategies, review what our senior leaders approved, and describe how we are moving ahead with this new, force-development paradigm. This new approach will eventually affect every aspect of force development, so it is important that all Airmen understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. [Lt Gen Darryl L. Roberson and Dr. Matthew C. Stafford / 2017 / 33 pages / ISBN: 9781585662807 / AU Press Code: LP-1]
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