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  • 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.
  • Strategy at Mach 5: Hypersonic Weapons in Chinese Military Strategy

    Hypersonic weapons have become an almost daily topic in the media. It is one of the latest in a long string of ideas that have moved from science fiction to science fact. Several countries, such as the United States, Australia, and India, have active hypersonic research programs. Unfortunately for the United States, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is also aggressively developing hypersonic weapons. This paper will first briefly explain the new scientific fact of hypersonic weapons.

  • The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Talent Management

    Talent Management (TM) is on the brink of massive disruption. Technology has advanced to the point where the Air Force will be able to provide personalized attention to every single Airman, providing them the development, opportunities, and pathways to success to a degree unmatched by current methodologies.

  • Command and Control for Agile Combat Employment

    The United States Air Force is using the term agile combat employment (ACE) to describe a way of operating that relies less on large traditional main overseas bases as hubs for projecting combat power and more on launching, recovering, and maintaining aircraft from dispersed forward operating locations in concert with allies and partners. This shift has been motivated by adversarial advances in reconnaissance and weapons capabilities that can hold at risk those bases that have traditionally been considered sanctuaries.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 6 - Dr. Megan Hennessey & COL Celestino Perez on "Problem-based Learning"

    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, the Air University podcast.
  • Squadron Commander Selection

    Leadership plays a vital role in the military and mission success. Taking a closer look at who is offered a prestigious opportunity to lead America’s sons and daughters is well worth the resources.

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