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Aether Podcast

Interview with General Ron Fogleman, USAF, retired on John Andreas Olson's edited volume, Airpower Pioneers: From Billy Mitchell to Dave Deptula.
In our 4th episode, we visit with Dr. Bradley Podliska about his recently published book, "Fire Alarm: The Investigation of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi. Dr. Podliska, a professor at Air University's Air Command and Staff College, served as committee staff for the investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on USG facilities in Benghazi, Libya in which four Americans, including the ambassador, were murdered.
Join us as we visit with Major Tom Burks, USAF, about his Fall 2022 article, "Military Necessity: Policy-Capability Tensions." He argues 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.
On September 29, 2022, we visited with Dr. Anna Batta of Air War College and Dr. Ginta Palubinskas of West Virginia State University and author of "NATO at 70: Peace in a Changing Security Environment," in our Summer 2022 issue, about Russia's war against Ukraine, the mood in Hungary and Lithuania this summer, and implications for NATO, Europe, and the world.
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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Review Essays

  • Some Reflections on a Pantheon of Iconic American Airpower Pioneers
    Ronald R. Fogleman

    This newly published third volume in an airpower series details the accomplishments of 12 leading Airmen who were uncommonly influential in understanding, developing, and then applying unique approaches to the organization, roles and missions, and combat uses of the evolving air weapon. 

  • A Coming of Age
    William T. Eliason

    Review essay of Mark Clodfelter’s Between Two Shades of Blue, about a cadet’s life at the US Air Force Academy in the late 1970s. 

Ways of War

On Strategy

The Costs of War

  • Mission Injury: The Force after Afghanistan
    Kelly Atkinson

    To mitigate the risk of mission injury, the US military should implement institutional changes to alleviate the personal and family sacrifices required by US military service. 

Airpower in the Middle East

Par Avion

  • Russia’s Offensive Cosmostrategy
    Anne Maurin

    Russia has a cosmostrategy that bears scrutiny as it’s purported lagging outer space industry is somewhat at odds with the sudden flurry of space-launch activity in 2022. 

Book Reviews

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