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  • Letter from the Editor

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

  • Book Reviews

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

  • Not Cyberwar, but Cyberbalance

    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

  • 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.

  • Nuclear Modernization and the Sentinel ICBM

    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.

  • Nuclear Targeting Methods and Modern Deterrence

    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.

  • NATO at 70: Peace in a Changing Security Environment

    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.

  • Ten Propositions Regarding Great Power Politics

    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.