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  • COTS and Space-based Missile Defense

    In the event of a strike against the United States, our nation is unprepared and under-equipped. Fortunately, this critical capabilities gap can be mitigated using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products, at the fraction of the price, while being available to the warfighter against any ballistic or theater-based missile across the globe.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 3 - Dr. Frank Blazich on Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Operations, 1942-1943

    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.0:00:00.1 Dr. Margaret Sankey: Welcome to Wild Blue Yonder Podcast. This is episode
  • The Russian Antiaccess/Area Denial Security Issue over Kaliningrad and the Baltics

    With the increase of Russian aggression in Ukraine in 2014 and the lessons learned that have stemmed from that conflict, the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders have become more concerned about a Russian incursion into the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia and the antiaccess/area denial (A2/AD) capabilities that Russia could bring to that conflict.

  • Emerging Tanker Roles and Risks in the Advanced Battle Management System Era

    This Air University Advanced Research paper focuses on the changing mission roles of the tanker fleet in the approaching era of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) and some of the risks that may be present for aircrews. With the sensors and enhanced communications systems that the KC-46 provides and continued upgrades to the KC-135, ABMS will upend the old notion of a tanker being only a flying gas station.

  • Truth to Power through Execution: Extending the Influence of Information Warfare

    The front lines were no longer solely about countering weapons of mass destruction, but rather, weapons of mass disruption. While America was fully engaged in counterterrorism, its adversaries were also expanding their capabilities in information warfare (IW) while staying below the threshold of armed conflict.

  • Israel and the Selling of the F-35 to the UAE

    On 20 January 2021, the Trump administration, in one of its last decisions, signed the agreement to sell the F-35 joint strike fighter to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Biden administration suspended this deal in late January 2021, but on 13 April, President Biden approved it. However, Congress can still try to block it, which might depend on if and how problematic this deal is—including to Israel.

  • Technology in Peacekeeping: How Technology Can Make Peacekeeping Better

    Some of the issues that make the major powers reluctant to get more involved in peacekeeping missions could be improved with the use of technology. I will discuss several technologies that should be consciously used to improve peacekeeping, including technologies that provide basic needs, mobility, communications, security, command & control, and robotic assistance. These varied technologies will improve peacekeeping operations by making troops more secure, providing force multipliers that enable them to more effectively keep the peace, and supporting the needs of the populations they serve with cutting-edge kind-of-cool tactics.

  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 2 - Major Tom Clark on Strategic Competition, Air Power and Expeditionary Basing in Africa

    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.0:00:00.6 Dr. Margaret Sankey: Welcome to Wild Blue Yonder. This installment we have
  • Russia Conflict: NATO Bureaucracy and Allied Constraints

    Putin’s Russia breathed new life in the NATO alliance and encouraged introspection on the part of NATO’s members. This paper investigates the organizational structure of the alliance and whether it advances or hinders its ability to compete and defeat Russia in conflict.

  • The Strategic Centrality of Women, Peace, and Security: A Call to Mainstream in Professional Military Education

    Codified in the October 2000, United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, “Women, Peace, and Security” (WPS)1 has since become the banner beneath which marginalization of women and girls and gender-based harm, especially in international conflict, face indictment from a growing global community demanding equal participation,
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