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
High-end fighters need high-end C2.
Due to inadequate overall training and decreased morale within areas of the PLA, the enlisted and officer quality within the United States military is superior to those within the People’s Liberation Army.
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.
It is clear that there is a Red Zone that has emerged over the last three years – one that has not been examined and that is far more consequential.
The defenders of Mariupol are proving that the ability to hold urban terrain is central to the future of operations in major interstate conflict.
As the Air Force Weather career field embarks on a transformation initiative, it must do so while remaining connected to the foundational reasons for the function’s existence.
When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the world largely expected the execution of a Russian Hybrid-war as outlined by General Gerasimov. While the actual Russian operations have played out more in the conventional realm as of this writing, aspects of the conflict have extended beyond
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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.
This article briefly describes some key events in the history of foreign language education (FLE) at U.S. graduate PME institutions, explores the question of what value this education provides to the DoD, and suggests what direction such programs might take through the lens of student feedback
The AOC is how today’s Air Force fights at the operational level, and it works—today. But it needs to evolve if it is to be relevant in the next fight.
President Putin is accomplishing the exact opposite of what he intended to when he started this invasion, and if he is counting on the Russian speakers, he should be aware that the Russian minority is not entirely on his side.
One of the key aspects of developing strong leaders is deepening an understanding of one’s own personality and leadership style. Professional Military Education (PME) relies upon personality assessment to portray accurate depictions of personality traits so that leaders can deepen their
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
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.
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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)
The author brings the personal experience of hectic online holiday shopping to understand the effect of strategies used in attacks against cybersecurity. Comparisons are drawn between hackers bypassing US government security and online bot mechanics used to outspeed online store reservations.
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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