IntroductionThere’s never been a better time to be in the Command and Control (C2) business. The Joint Staff is investing heavily in the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) program, which is designed to accelerate commanders’ decision cycles and close operational gaps. In turn, all the
If decision advantage in conflict is closing our kill chains, then decision advantage in competition is keeping adversary kill chains open. In the 1950s, Col John Boyd embodied the concept of a decision cycle in conflict with his theory of the “OODA Loop.” He believed that the orient phase was key
Since its inception, the Air Force Sustainment Center has promulgated and refined the “AFSC Way,” a methodology and cognitive model focused on identifying, elevating, and resolving constraints hindering AFSC units from executing their missions.1 This approach has allowed the Air Force to realize
In his classic wartime novel A Farewell to Arms (1929), Ernest Hemingway reveals the panic that overcomes the Royal Italian Army as the Fronte alpino collapses during the Battle of Caporetto (1917). The fictionalized account of American Ambulance Corps volunteer Frederic Henry dramatizes the
During the Cold War, the United States (US) engaged in a nuclear arms race with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) that led the world down a path toward global annihilation, but with relatively equal capabilities, fear of nuclear Armageddon created a tense homeostasis.1 However, the US’s
The United States’ strategic pivot to great power competition in Asia and Europe has led to declining U.S. attention in the Middle East. As a result, America’s reduced presence in the region and under-investment in maintaining key partnerships have plunged multiple relationships into crisis. This is
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“Clearly, the first task is to gain acceptance of a more reasonable view of the future, one that opens possibilities rather than forecloses them.”—Herman Kahn, Futurist, Founder of the Hudson Institute IntroductionThankfully, no country has detonated an atomic or thermonuclear weapon since World War
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Drones, cyber-attacks, and artificial intelligence have transformed from entertaining fantasy to tactical realities that modern military commanders must face. Grappling with a future where the traditional land, sea, and air domains must account for effects in and through the space, cyber, and
The average US astronaut today is a citizen with a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)–related master’s degree. Even to submit their application, they were required to have at least two years of practical experience in their specific field of study or 1,000 hours of jet flight
Based on the author’s extensive experience in this theoretical area, Paul S. Szymanski has developed essential “rules” by which he feels the next space war will be conducted.
On December 19th, the New York Times published the first article in a multi-part investigative series called “The Civilian Casualty Files” that “examines the air war’s human toll.”1 The primary author, Azmat Khan, has conducted on-the-ground interviews over the past five years in Iraq, Syria, and
Whether facing or backing, I am certain the future exists and it, at some point, will collide with our reality. We can either prepare for it or be surprised when it arrives. I prefer the former.
Cast your gaze across the faces of US Air Force servicewomen in the days after 10 February 2021, and you cannot help but notice the joyous reaction to the service’s recent change in its hair standards for women.1 Ponytails are swinging free, braids are cascading down backs, and servicewomen are
Opinions, conclusions, and recommendations expressed or implied within are solely those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Air University, the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, or any other US government agency.DR. MARGARET SANKEY: Welcome to the
In response to General David Goldfein’s call to fight “an adversary that is killing more of our airmen than any enemy on the planet,”1 Headquarters Air Force implemented Operation THURSDAY to address rising suicide numbers. From 1 August to 15 September 2019, this resilience tactical pause (RTP)
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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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.”
There are alternatives to using the A-10, but the Warthog still prevails through its many planned retirements because of its training requirements, design, weaponry, and ability to fly low and slow. The opinion by and large is that the A-10 is outdated, but this plane constantly proves why it has
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