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Æther Podcast

  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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The journal encourages thoughtful debate in the form of scholarly feedback to our articles. For publication consideration, reviews/commentaries on our articles must range between 1,000 and 2,000 words, be appropriately footnoted (narrative footnotes are not permitted), and upon acceptance, will be sent to the article author for an opportunity to respond to the critique. Once finalized, the resulting review and reply will be featured in an upcoming journal issue.

Letter from the Editor

  • Letter from the Editor
    Laura M. Thurston Goodroe

    Introductory letter for the Fall 2022 issue of Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower.

Senior Leader Perspective

  • Deter-Defend-Defeat: Succeed in 3D
    General Stéphane Mille

    Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower is pleased and honored to feature the French Air and Space Force Strategic Vision for 2022 by General Stèphane Mille, Chief of Staff of the French Air and Space Forces.

Policy, Strategy, and the President

  • Military Necessity: Policy-Capability Tensions
    Thomas R. Burks

    Conducting cyberspace operations outside of armed conflict but consistent with LOAC principles limits USCYBERCOM to a best-tool approach to national security. Reframing conflict as strategic competition restores military necessity’s flexibility.

  • Persian Gulf War: A Type I Approach to Conflicts
    David J. Lorenzo

    The Bush administration pursued an approach to Iraq in the lead up to the Persian Gulf War that included offering coercive alternatives, refusing to facilitate a compromise, and identifying a favorable resolution as a matter of urgency. Future administrations could take the same path under similar circumstances.

  • The National Security Strategy as a Genre: Dynamic and Adaptable or Constraining Creativity?
    Philip Hayek

    An analysis of the national security strategy as genre using theories from the field rhetorical genre studies, reveals the strategy reflects the individual worldview and priorities of its presidential author, as a genre, the national security strategy is directly responsive to and constructive of our recurring national security.

Military Theory and Strategy


  • Port in the Desert: Djibouti as International Lessor
    Jessica Borowicz and Trish Basile

    With increasing global competition, it is expected the US would consider its options with regard to foreign basing in Djibouti. But with its location and relative stability, Djibouti will remain strategically important for the United States in the years to come.

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