Hasta Luego, Ate Logo, Good-Bye, Log Off

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Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul

Mark Twain

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are

Theodore Roosevelt

TWENTY YEARS AGO, as I embarked upon my career, Lt Col Dave Mets, former caretaker of the professional dialogue as editor of the Air University Review and a gentleman I have come to know and value as a friend and advisor, wrote at the conclusion of his uniformed tenure in the Air Force, "I thank both readers and contributors for what I perceive to be a rising support of the Review and ask that you continue the trend for my successor." I could hardly say it better.

Looking back over both my own career and that of the professional journal, I am heartened by what I see. Although the title has changed to Airpower Journal and it boasts four-color covers (as do the Portuguese and Spanish editions), 128 pages, and electronic publication on the World Wide Web, the soul of the Journal really hasn't changed. It is still your journal. We editors are mere caretakers-facilitators of the dialogue. It is you, our readers, who shape not only the Journal but also the Air Force.

As my career wanes, coincidentally tracking both the decade and millennium, I glance at the table of contents of the June 1949 issue of the Air University Quarterly Review. The lead article, concerned with airpower, pondered whether the Air Force should "adopt intercontinental operations." Fifty years later, now concerned with aerospace power, Airpower,Journal leads off with Frank Finelli's discussion about transforming its air aspects.

Ten years later, in the summer of 1959, the Air University Quarterly Review aimed to "stimulate professional thought concerning aerospace strategy, tactics, and related techniques" (emphasis added), and Maj Gen Henry Viccellio analyzed the "composite air strike force," an entity remarkably similar to today's "expeditionary air force."

By the summer of 1969, with the Air Force deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War, the Air University Review focused the professional discourse on what it called "limited war." Thirty years later, the Air Force finds itself entangled in a nasty matter in the Balkans, and its aircraft patrol exclusion zones over northern and southern Iraq. Instead of limited war, Dr. Abigail Gray-Briggs and Lt Col Michael MacIver explore the mental transition from war fighting to peacekeeping operations in "Bombs, Then Bandages."

In the summer of 1979, Air University Review occupied itself with conflict in Europe and concerns about leadership. These are hardly transient matters-witness the fact that 20 years later, the Soviet Union has collapsed, the cold war is over, NATO is involved in a shooting war in the Balkans, and the Luftwaffe is flying combat missions. So, in 1999, in the context of oftentimes perplexing interservice and interallied relationships, we turn to Col Thomas E. Griffith Jr. to sort out the sometimes tangled aspects of command in his article on Kenney, MacArthur, and Arnold.

The summer issue of 1989 sported both a new look and name. …