Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Publishing in Air and Space Power Journal and Honoring Mr. Steve Garst for His Many Years of Service

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Publishing in Air and Space Power Journal and Honoring Mr. Steve Garst for His Many Years of Service

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As a member of the editorial team at Air and Space Power Journal CASPf), I have had the privilege of reading countless submissions over the past year. Some of the articles come from general officers, others from company grade officers. We also receive a number of pieces from academicians, government officials, and members of industry. All of these authors desire to provide insight into their position and let it compete in the marketplace of ideas.

In an era in which mastery of PowerPoint seems the most important skill of a staff officer, you might ask yourself why you should take the time to hone your writing skills and publish scholarly articles. Writing about the education of officers in his article "Return of the Jedi" [Armed Forces Journal, October 2009), Maj Gen Robert H. Scales, USA, retired, opines that "proven strategic thinkers share a remarkably common provenance. Very early in their careers they learned to think critically and communicate strategically."

The ability to conduct rigorous analysis and present a cogent, fact-based argument is prerequisite to positions of leadership and influence in the strategic arena. Writing for ASPJ will help you develop these skills. Thus, you benefit personally, and the Air Force acquires another articulate thinker to shape and lead our future force.

Publishing in a scholarly journal is no Cakewalk. It requires a measure of organization, discipline, and effort. …

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