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  • Beyond the AOC – Building the Next Generation of Operational Command and Control

    For the past three decades, the United States Air Force has successfully executed operational command and control through the processes and systems born and refined in the Air Operations Center (AOC). The AOC is how today’s Air Force fights at the operational level, and it works—today—but needs to evolve if it is to be relevant in the next fight.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 9 - Dr. Brian Selmeski on "A+ Toolkit for Public K-12 education"

    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. Brian Selmeski and Lt. Col. Christina Karvwnaris celebrate the launch of the A+
  • Mission Defense Team Training Gap Analysis

    With the rapid advancement of technology, Air Force missions are becoming increasingly dependent on cyberspace. These dependencies on networks and computers open up new attack vectors that adversaries can exploit to put our missions at risk. Aware of this threat, US Cyber Command created defensive teams under the Cyber Mission Force (CMF) construct to protect missions and defeat adversaries in cyberspace.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 8 - Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz on "Japanese-American Incarceration in World War II"

    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: This is Wild Blue Yonder on the air, the podcast of Air University
  • William Mitchell: An Amazing, Yet Flawed Air Theorist

    Lieutenant Colonel William Mitchell was a visionary air theorist in the early twentieth century whose ideas established the foundational aspects of American military airpower, especially during wartime. Many of his postulations guided the conduct of air campaigns during the conventional wars of last century. However, some of his estimates on the utilization of airpower were incorrect and did not consider the evolution of technology and the refinement of aerial and counter-air TTPs.

  • Kant in the Age of Thucydides

    For the past generation, one of the key ideas of International Relations (IR) theory has been that of “Kantian peace.” Following its introduction by Michael Doyle in 1983, it became an empirical research paradigm intended to explain the relative peace of the modern era as well as the necessary conditions for unlocking peace in the future.

  • Keeping a Finger in the Pulse: Squadron Volunteer Diversity and Inclusion Advisor

    Inside the Air Force, efforts in addressing the challenges in diversity and inclusion (D&I) range from unit-wide stand-down days, the creation of barrier analysis working groups, to grassroots in-person small group discussions limited by the ongoing pandemic. While the world witnessed events such as the killing of George Floyd, the findings of the 2020 Inspector General Report, and the 2021 storming of the US Capitol, opportunities present themselves on accelerating change through innovating on how we currently handle discrimination in the Air Force. This paper aims to present the commander an instrument in producing a proactive rather than a reactive measure, as well as a framing a flexible unit-based tool versus a top-down structured mechanism in addressing issues of D&I.

  • The Tortoise and the Hare: Defense Strategists Must be Fast and Bold for Their “New Vision” of Space

    Most children have heard of Aesop’s timeless fable of the slow but diligent tortoise triumphing over the speedy yet haughty hare.1 It is a classic story that evokes the familiar adage: “slow and steady wins the race.” Yet there are times when neither slow nor steady can ensure victory.2 For today’s defense strategists, nowhere is this paradox more
  • China’s Vaccines are Doing More Than Inoculating in Latin America

    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 power in the region, suggesting a grim future for the US’ ability to maintain hegemony in the region.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 7 - General Larry Spencer, USAF (Retired) "Reflections on the AF"

    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 Wild Blue Yonder On the Air,  Air University's podcast.
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