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  • Warrior Braids and the Air Force Women’s Initiative Team – The Invisible Labor behind Diversity, Inclusion, and Institutional Change

    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 excelling in their military duties with a new edge of
  • Biological Weapons Accountability

    AbstractExamining the history of the former Soviet Union’s Biological Weapons program and their relationship with private research institutes that developed potential sources for covert biological weapons developments, one may recognize there is a real potential for an application of these deadly agents today. Furthermore, applying this information
  • Assessing Russian Cyber Effects

    In the context of the National Security Strategy’s conception of “great power competition” (Trump 2017), perhaps no nation-state has been as aggressive within the cyberspace domain as the Russian Federation. Furthermore, following two Russian campaigns to seize portions of Ukraine and Georgia’s sovereign territory, the question may not be if, but
  • Russia’s Implementation of Hybrid Warfare: Estonia ('07), Georgia ('08), Crimea ('14)

    Hybrid Warfare: Russian ImplementationHybrid warfare—also partially known as grey zone conflict or low-intensity conflict—is a reality, and the United States (US) military must be ready to confront and deter it from peer-to-peer adversaries.1 The US defines grey zone conflict as actions that seek to gain an advantage without provoking a
  • Wild Blue Yonder on the Air - Ep. 1 - Dr. David Lorenzo on why and how the United States decides to go to war

    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 the Wild Blue Yonder podcast. Our guest is Dr. David
  • Evolving the Command and Control of Airpower

    IntroductionThe new Air Force Doctrine Publication (AFDP) 1 formally establishes mission command as the philosophy for the command and control (C2) of airpower, to be implemented through centralized command, distributed control, and decentralized execution.1 It is an evolution of the long-standing airpower tenet of centralized control and
  • The Problem with Three: Great Power Competition Deterrence

    Defining the relationship between two entities has provided some useful models. Marriage signifies the communal bond between two people. Newton helped define the gravitational relationship between two bodies. The Cold War brought insight into the working of strategic deterrence between two nuclear superpowers. When a third object is introduced into
  • Counter-Cyber Reflections for NATO

    BackgroundSince the mid-1990s, Russia has steadily recovered its ailing economy from post-Soviet collapse and resurfaced onto the world stage. It is Vladimir Putin’s objective to re-establish the Russian Federation (RF) in the international arena as a global security broker and secure Russia’s sphere of influence in a polycentric world rife with
  • “Fight’s on. Commit. You’re Dead.” Why the United States’ Largest Training Ranges Are Too Small and How LVC Can Provide the Answer

    Executive SummaryThe United States is running out of room.Eielson AFB, Alaska, boasts claim to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) premier training venue, a range spanning over 1.5 million acres of maneuver land and 65,000 square miles of airspace known as the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex (JPARC). It is the largest block of contiguous airspace
  • Satellite Servicing: A History, the Impact to the Space Force, and the Logistics Behind It

    IntroductionSatellite servicing is an important emerging technology not only to industry and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but also to national security. Servicing technology should be of key interest for the United States Space Force (USSF) to research, and serviceability should be an even greater requirement pushed by the
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