The nuclear capabilities of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) are of substantial concern and are highlighted throughout the 2022 National Defense Strategy of the United States. Along with these nuclear abilities comes the threat to the U.S. Homeland in
As most leadership literature has focused on the characteristics of ‘good’ or effective leadership, leaders are often perceived as heroic saviors of organizations in crisis. A ‘good’ leader is seen as someone who is inspirational, has integrity, sets a good example, and is supportive and
With the movie Oppenheimer bringing the Bomb back into our casual conversations, it is a good time to rethink how you feel about the Bomb. Its abstract but existential implications are especially present today as a driver of both conversation and human behavior in an unprecedented way. Will the
The United States military has historically sought to nullify the effects of adversary radars and radar-guided weapons systems through airborne suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) tactics, including high-speed anti-radiation missile (HARM) employment and electronic attack (EA). While the US
While a great deal of focus has been placed on the kinetic and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities of Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), their ability to remain present in the battlespace is their most important attribute. As manned
“There’s no going back. You’ve changed things, forever.” In Christopher Nolan’s 2008 film, The Dark Knight, the Joker explains to Batman how the hero’s presence and attempts to defend Gotham City against organized crime have forever altered the landscape of order and chaos. He further claims
The United States Air Force (USAF) debuted its Warrior Ethos alongside the Airman’s Creed in 2007, at the height of the Global War on Terror.  It identified the warrior ethos as “tough-mindedness, tireless motivation, an unceasing vigilance, a willingness to sacrifice one’s life for the country,
Before invading Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Russian officials were planning a false-flag operation, which called for a staged video depicting the aftermath of a Ukrainian attack against Russian-backed separatists or Russia itself, with Russian-speaking actors posing as mourners and corpses. This
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As a USAF Cyber Officer, I acted as the J6 (Cyber/IT lead) for the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force, CJIATF-Nexus, deployed in Afghanistan during the 2012-2013 timeframe. In this role, I was supposed to ensure the combined unit had its systems and network requirements met, but instead, I was
The Future Fight When then Chief of Staff of the Air Force General CQ Brown said, “we must be prepared to face future conflicts with our joint and combined partners,” he wasn’t making a bold proclamation, but rather stating a fact. But what, then, was Gen Brown highlighting with his comment? The
At the age of 60, Dr. Charles M. Lieber was a world-renown chemist at Harvard University with an extensive resume from his groundbreaking work in nanoscience and nanotechnology, publication of over four hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals, lead inventor on 50 patents, and founder of two
Two personas who helped create the United States Air Force left an indelible mark on its culture with their drastically different approaches. While Brigadier General Billy Mitchell immortalized a brazen and maverick approach that involved breaking rules and challenging authority to advocate for
Hindsight is 20/20. When Russian forces invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the consensus was that Russia would quickly achieve victory in three days thanks to its technological superiority. Yet, Ukraine not only managed to halt the Russian invaders but also pushed them back on multiple fronts. A
The other day, I found an old road map of the Mid-Atlantic states while cleaning out a desk drawer and handed it to my 11-year-old. I asked him if he could locate our house on the map. After staring at the map for a few minutes, he asked me, "Dad, where is our blue dot?" Like many Americans, our
The U.S. Air Force correctly diagnoses the problem—that in future conflicts it should expect attacks on its command nodes and information systems—but its current approach to rectifying this is not robust. While the USAF invests heavily in new information systems, technology alone cannot solve the
The propaganda machine in Russia is alive and well. While Western media highlight the disastrous state of the Russian armed forces, the perception of the war effort within Russia remains much more favorable. Although commentators note the unreliability of Russian public opinion polls, in the
A piece of FICINT (fictional intelligence) written as a course capstone for AES477, a thematic independent study option offered as part of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Program at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
This article from the Air Command and Staff College elective Sci-fi as Strategy presents a story of intergalactic war, delving into matters of artificial intelligence, groupthink, coalition building, and host of other relevant issues.
This sci-fi short story, written for an Air University elective, explores a number of important issues, including space exploration, space debris tracking and remediation, international science and military cooperation, superpower and multipolar political dynamics, and more.
To increase technology’s capabilities and how it can be used requires innovation. Identifying how to fit emerging technology into the mission construct can be viewed as limiting; however, there has to be a starting point. The fictional vignette illustrates how such innovation might play out in
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For years, scientists have warned us that the world must pursue net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This effort must be global, with countries like China and Brazil participating. However, before the United States can compel other nations to make a good-faith effort to decarbonize by 2050, we must
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Latin America has looked to the international community for support and found China ready and willing to lend a helping hand. The medical assistance that China has offered many Latin American countries has secured China promising inroads of soft
The United States needs the Arctic to be free of conflicts and defense overspending, enabling the country to scale back its global strategy and focus on the Indo-Pacific region. This is unlikely, given Chinese and Russia interests and tendencies. Consequently, the United States is preparing for a
One of the major problems that the aviation community is facing right now is a pilot shortage. In recent years, the number of pilots has slowly been declining, and now we have a major, global pilot shortage. Many people know about the shortage and are not doing anything about it. Many think it is
In our country’s current state, due to COVID-19, the Air Force tenet of flexibility is one of the most important assets we possess as Airmen and future Airmen.
As humans, our mental health is important. As a military member it is even more so. “Life in the military can be stressful for anyone from an Airman to a general officer.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines mental health as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.”
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