Following a massive troop buildup under the guise of a military exercise, on February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation invaded Ukraine. Labeling the invasion a “special military operation,” President Putin offered multiple pretenses for the conflict, including the “denazification” and
The introduction of aircraft into modern warfare led to the resulting invention and proliferation of air defense weaponry. As a response to an interwar notion about how bomber aircraft were untouchable by enemy defenses, airborne or not, celebrated airpower practitioner Claire Chennault espoused
History is a cruel tutor. It hammers a lesson into our minds so sternly that no one dares to mention the many exceptions that must be allowed. Yet as soon as we have learned that lesson – and ignored its exceptions – history punishes us for not following another rule that posits the very
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.Capt. Jesse Lubove: Good morning. I'm
Introduction Within the next five to ten years, China is very likely to increase its economic, infrastructure, and military cooperation with Bangladesh as part of its efforts to combat the Western world order and expand from regional to global power broker. Throughout the last five decades, China
When compared to the flying community which has existed since World War 1, the cyber community is still in its infancy stages. The Cyber Mission Force (CMF) was authorized in 2012 and 133 CMF teams reported initial operating capability in 2016. Although CMF teams have been operating at differing
In his book Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War, Robert Pape argued how airpower could be used most effectively in war. Pape concluded that: “Denial can work, but strategic bombing is not the best way to achieve it. No strategic bombing campaign has ever yielded decisive results.”
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The U.S. Air Force is a dynamic organization which is constantly adapting for the betterment of its service members. For example, in recent years, there have been intentional shifts in the way the U.S. Air Force approaches physical testing standards in order to accommodate a more inclusive force. As
The Need for a New Theory of Leadership in the Cyber CommunityThis article explores how and why a new cyber leadership theory is needed for our military by extending work of past scholars, updating existing models, and offering a novel leadership theory specific to the cyber community. In relation
In response to rioting peasants outside the palace demanding bread, French queen Marie-Antoinette was famously quoted as saying “let them eat cake.” Whether or not this is quote is historically accurate or not, it reflects a reality that has been with governments as long as they have existed:
Since the global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, 2020 China has been engaging in a foreign policy initiative. It has been labeled “Mask Diplomacy, a term that can be employed to describe its particular style of soft (e.g. cultural, symbolic, and discursive) and sharp (e.g. dispatched
Bombs with messages chalked on the side aren’t new. World War II soldiers loading munitions on planes signed off their contributions with sarcastic holiday wishes to Hitler, while Task & Purpose documented French missiles bound for Syria with “From Paris, with Love” written on
How prepared were you for COVID-19? It is safe to assume it caught many military organizations by surprise, as it did for the rest of the world. As to be expected, there were many challenges of standing up a joint task force from within the Michigan National Guard (MING) in response to the COVID-19
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
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
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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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