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Walker Papers are selected and published from over 50 papers written by field grade officers participating in the Air Force Fellows program. Selected officers attend civilian universities and organizations for one year, studying national security strategy and serving as military ambassadors to prestigious institutions. The papers, named after Brig Gen Kenneth N. Walker, a former Air Corps Tactical School instructor and Medal of Honor recipient in the Pacific during World War II, are published annually.

  •  The GPS and Galileo

    The GPS and Galileo

    Lt Col Roftiel Constantine, USAF
    Lt Col Roftiel Constantine cogently outlines the competitive relationship between the Europe Union and the United States regarding satellite navigation. To buttress his thesis that Galileo, the European Union’s navigation satellite system, poses a veritable threat to the global position system, the navigation system of the United States, Colonel Constantine traces the development of the navigation systems, analyzes the threat posed to the United States by Galileo, and delineates precisely the course of action the United States must undertake to protect its “industrial, military, and national security interests.” [Lt Col Roftiel Constantine, USAF / 2008 / 84 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-177-0 / AU Press Code: P-56]
  •  The Influence of Politics, Technology, and Asia on the Future of US Missile Defense

    The Influence of Politics, Technology, and Asia on the Future of US Missile Defense

    Lt Col Jeffrey T. Butler, USAF
    This work presents an 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. [Lt Col Jeffrey T. Butler, USAF / 2007 / 86 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-167-8 / AU Press Code: P-46]
  •  The Limits of Friendship

    The Limits of Friendship

    Lt Col Michael J. McCarthy, USAF
    This research paper explores the history of US security cooperation programs in Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, from 1993 to the present, identifying five distinct phases of development as those programs sought to achieve US objectives in denuclearization and proliferation prevention, democratization and military reform, regional cooperation, and improving military capabilities. The author elaborates on the limiting factors, successes, and a failure associated with those efforts and then makes recommendations for the future of US security cooperation in Central Asia in the future. [Lt Col Michael J. McCarthy, USAF / 2007 / 265 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-172-5 / AU Press Code: P-49]
  •  The Machinery of Government Needs A Tune-Up

    The Machinery of Government Needs A Tune-Up

    Col Chad T. Manske, USAF
    This study examines the history, likes and differences of the US National Security Council system and its organizational prototype, the pre-World War II British Committee of Imperial Defence, their structures, purposes, functions, leadership, and the significant changes each experienced their origins, the historical contexts leading to their creation, their organizational over time. Then, each organization is compared, contrasted, and subjectively examined, while bringing historical evidence to bear. The study concludes with insights that form the underlying bases for recommending modest changes to the NSC system. These recommendations include appropriately sizing the NSC staff and emphasizing the importance of strategic planning, and others. [Col Chad T. Manske, USAF / 2009 / 117 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-190-9 / AU Press Code: P-63]
  •  The Revenge of Europe

    The Revenge of Europe

    Christopher D. Cotts
    The collapse of the Soviet Union, the reunification of Germany, and the emergence of the European Union (EU) have all raised questions regarding the United States’ transatlantic relationship and the subsequent role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The author takes a brief look at past US–European relations and provides an enlightening and provocative analysis of the current state of affairs. Recent tensions in the relationship, he concludes, are a result of the EU’s growing role as a state actor in the international system. Policy differences between the United States and the EU are merely symptoms of the changes resulting from the EU’s new role. The author proposes a tentative typology of alliances and concludes that the United States and the EU have a co-dependent relationship, with the United States subsidizing the EU’s pursuit of policies that, whether by accident or design, undermine US interests. The author calls for a reformulation of the alliance that allows both the United States and the European Union to pursue their own interests while forcing the EU to take responsibility for its own defense. [Christopher D. Cotts / 2005 / 87 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-142-82 / AU Press Code: P-29]
  •  Transnational Crime and the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus

    Transnational Crime and the Criminal-Terrorist Nexus

    Jennifer L. Hesterman
    Addressing the convergence of organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism requires the new paradigm of strategic thinking ushered in by the war on terrorism. Such an effort cannot be seen through a diplomatic, military, law enforcement, financial, or intelligence lens alone. Rather, it demands a prism of all of these to offer a comprehensive and coordinated approach. Colonel Hesterman's analysis of this subject is accurate and timely. She provides a fresh look at the criminal/terrorist nexus and by examining corporate trends, provides unique insights into funding aspects of both activities. This important subject matter is ripe for further policy and substantive analytical focus. Analysts and policy makers alike can use her study's conclusions and recommendations in their efforts to protect our nation against this vexing threat. [Jennifer L. Hesterman / 2005 / 96 pages ISBN: 158566-139-2 / AU Press Code: P-8]
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