Æther: A Journal of Strategic Airpower & Spacepower


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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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  • Introduction
    Lieutenant General James B. Hecker, Commander and President, Air University

    Introduction to Æther Vol. 1, No. 1 by Lieutenant General James B. Hecker, Commander and President, Air University


  • Letter from the Editor
    Æther Editor

    Letter from the Æther Editor

Leading Voices

  • Ready to Meet the Moment
    General CQ Brown Jr., US Air Force Chief of Staff

    Preparing the Air Force to accelerate change is solidly rooted in the service’s noteworthy history. The next few chapters in the Air Force story will be as challenging as anything we’ve ever done. But change ensures the service remains ready, as always, to meet the moment.

  • A New Kind of War
    Chief Master Sergeant JoAnne S. Bass, US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant

    Information warfare is not new; what has changed are the tactics our adversaries are using to conduct these operations at scale. We must empower our Airmen and Guardians to recognize and actively combat this threat.

  • 75 Years of Mobility Operations: Evolving for the Next 75
    General Jacqueline Van Ovost, USAF, Commander of US Transportation Command

    Tomorrow’s challenges to US national security require an agile US Transportation Command, flexible, fully integrated, and responsive enough to meet the volume and tempo of warfighers’ demands. A renewed emphasis on maneuver will evolve how the concept is applied across domains.

  • After Defeat: A Time to Rebuild
    Lieutenant General S. Clinton Hinote, USAF

    We lost people, aircraft, a campaign, and prestige, but we did not lose forever. After suffering tremendous moral and physical attrition, it is time to rebuild. We cannot waste this crisis. We must implement the necessary changes to be victorious, next time.

  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Space as a Military Area of Responsibility
    Lieutenant General John E. Shaw, USSF, Major Jean Purgason, USSF, and Captain Amy Soileau, USSF

    The designation of a new space military area of responsibility is highly significant change. A few key propositions can guide our approach to accomplishing the command’s Unified Command Plan responsibilities.

  • Joint Taskforce Quartz: Through an Airpower Lens
    Major General Dagvin R. M. Anderson, USAF and Brigadier General Jason T. Hinds, USAF

    Joint Task Force Quartz provides lessons learned as the Air Force develops new operational concepts. In short, the command relationships must be built upon centralized command, distributed control, and decentralized execution all under the art of mission command.

  • A New Battle Command Architecture for Joint All-Domain Operations
    Lieutenant General David A. Deptula, USAF, Retired

    The Air Force must rapidly evolve beyond centralized combined air operations centers. This new architecture must adapt to ABMS and JADC2 developments, but given their slow evolution, the service must begin changing the architecture for command and control of aerospace forces now.

Change: The Fine Print

  • Accelerate Change and Still Lose?: Limits of Adaptation and Innovation
    Heather P. Venable

    Technological solutions do not always ensure success; calls for change provide terse nods to concepts and ideas while privileging more technological solutions. The services need a sound strategy to answer the requisite preliminary question of innovation or adaptation: we can, but should we?

  • The USAF at 75: Renewing Our Democratic Ethos
    Marybeth P. Ulrich

    The military plays a role in civics literacy and developing a democratic ethos. The US Air Force must draw upon its heritage, renewing a commitment to a democratic ethos that preferences service members’ obligation to the Oath of Office above partisan or personal interests.

  • Space Is a Warfighting Domain
    Everett C. Dolman

    The assertion that space is a war-fighting domain has tremendous repercussions for force structure, budget decisions, public and international perceptions, and, on the culture of the newest military service.

  • Accelerate Change: Or Lose The Information War
    Karen Guttieri

    The Air Force must accelerate change or lose an information-cyber war that holds at risk American social, economic, and political cohesion. To win, the service must develop and promote strategists to seize opportunities in the cyberspace domain and information environment.

The Test of Time

  • Hammer and Anvil: Coercing Rival States, Defeating Terrorist Groups, and Bombing to Win
    Robert A. Pape

    The power of airpower lies in its supreme ability to match the use of force to decisive weaknesses in an opponent’s military strategy. This power and turns, fundamentally, on understanding the enemy.

  • Winning a Peer War
    John A. Warden III

    Attaining victory in a near-term peer war would pose extreme challenges and significant costs. But if such a conflict is still a decade away, America’s survival, and that of the West writ large, demands we find solutions now that will ensure victory.

  • Rethinking “Airpower versus Asymmetric Enemies”
    Mark Clodfelter

    Effective airpower supports positive political goals and minimizes the risk of achieving the negative ones. The framework offers no guarantee of success or failure, but it does charge leaders who might apply airpower to think carefully before making that decision.

From Our Friends

  • Air Power 2010–2020: From Helmand to Hypersonics
    Air Vice-Marshal Johnny Stringer

    Air power employment over the last decade yields lessons from challenging operations in complex environments. The West and its allies are at an inflection point in the employment and utility of air and space power no longer owning or dictating all the terms of the debate.

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