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  1. Aether: The Podcast - Episode 1

    The first Episode of Æther: The Podcast features Dr. Chris Cain, the first editor of Strategic Studies Quarterly, discussing the inaugural issue of Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower.

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Letter from the Editor

Senior Leader Commentary

  • Ten Propositions Regarding Great Power Politics
    Lt Gen B. Chance Saltzman, USSF, James Wood Forsyth Jr., and J. Wesley Hutto

    The global power distribution is changing; China and Russia pose the biggest security challenges to the US. After a 30-year hiatus, great power politics are back and with them, conflict and perhaps great power war. Given the stakes, the article offers 10 propositions.

Strategic Competition

  • NATO at 70: Peace in a Changing Security Environment
    Ginta T. Palubinskas

    Europe is fragmented, Russia has expanded, and the US has waffled in its stewardship of the liberal order. Long-standing Alliance relationships have been questioned, yet NATO remains the best way to keep the peace in a changing security environment.

  • US Conventional Deterrence and Taiwan’s Independence: Necessary Investments
    Mackenzie Eaglen and John Ferrari

    The advantages of the US military across the spectrum of Taiwan contingencies are quickly disappearing. The Department of Defense—the services and the Joint force—must invest in conventional capabilities that would provide an edge in these conflict scenarios.

Approaches to Deterrence

  • Nuclear Targeting Methods and Modern Deterrence
    Benjamin Jamison

    Counterforce targeting requires modification. Tailored targeting matches adversary vulnerabilities and American political objectives to produce unique targeting solutions. These solutions for various contingencies create a continuum of effective deterrent options.

  • Nuclear Modernization and the Sentinel ICBM
    Stephen Cimbala and Adam Lowther

    An analysis of US nuclear force structure reveals the necessity of modernizing the ground-based, submarine, and bomber legs of the nuclear triad. The US must exceed the nuclear capabilities and modernization efforts of its adversaries, including modernizing an aging ICBM fleet.

  • Multi-Actor Deterrence: Defining the Concept

    US strategies and plans must work within a complex scenario that demands a multi-actor deterrence strategy. This strategy is necessary to contend with a security environment that features nuclear proliferation, cyber and space threats, and regional and hybrid conflicts.

  • Not Cyberwar, but Cyberbalance
    David Benson

    Most cyberattacks are attempts to alter the balance of power. States can affect the balance of power by decreasing their competitors power or “handicapping.” The internet’s decreased costs and global scope have moved handicapping to a central role in international relations.

Book Reviews

  • Book Reviews

    Book Review highlights in Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower Volume 1 Issue 2. 

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