Air & Space Power Journal

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 4, Winter

Air-Mindedness
WHAT MAKES AIRMEN different from soldiers or sailors? It has to be more than the uniform they wear or the technology they maintain and operate. The distinction is the unique perspective they bring to the art of warfare - an attribute we loosely define...
Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists
Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists by James S. Corum and Wray R. Johnson. University Press of Kansas (http://www.kansaspress .ku.edu), 2502 Westbrooke Circle, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-4444, 2003, 560 pages, $24.95 (softcover) .Irregular...
An Airman's View of United States Air Force Airpower
THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION resulted from a review of a proposed revision to Air Force Doctrine Document (AFDD) 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine, and the author's belief that it fails to adequately describe the airpower of the United States and of the US Air...
Asking the Right Questions
REFLECTING UPON Mr. Rémy Mauduit's excellent article "EffectsBased Information Battle in the Muslim World" (Air and Space Power Journal, Spring 2008) , I found that I had more questions than answers. Reflecting further, I realized that this was probably...
Asymmetric Air Support
THE INITIAL PHASES of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom involved extensive close air support (CAS) . Just as the battlefield has evolved into a more asymmetrical composition, so have ground-force requests for support. Most CAS requests...
Battling Tradition: Robert F. McDermott and Shaping the U.S. Air Force Academy
Battling Tradition: Robert F. McDermott and Shaping the U.S. Air Force Academy by Paul T. Ringenbach. Imprint Publications (http://www .imprint-chicago.com), 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 300, Chicago, Illinois 60611, 2006, 333 pages, $24.95 (softcover).When...
Beyond Close Air Support: Forging a New Air-Ground Partnership
Beyond Close Air Support: Forging a New Air-Ground Partnership by Bruce R. Pirnie et al. RAND (htf://www.rand.org/publications/index.html), 1776 Main Street, P.O. Box 2138, Santa Monica, California 90407-2138, 2005, 214 pages, $25.00 (softcover). Available...
Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air"
Billy Mitchell: "Stormy Petrel of the Air" by Roger G. Miller. Air Force Historical Stuthes Office (http:// www.airforcehistory.hq.af.mil/publications.htm), Publications Division, 3 Brookley Avenue, Box 94, Boiling AFB, Washington, DC 20032-5000, 2004,...
Bomber Boys: The RAF Offensive of 1943
Bomber Boys: The RAF Offensive of 1943 by Kevin Wilson. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Orion Publishing Group (http://www.orionbooks.co.uk), 5 Upper St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2H 9EA, 2005, 464 pages, $39.95 (hardcover), $12.95 (softcover) (2006).The bombing...
Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World
Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World by William M. Arkin. Steerforth Press (http://www .steerforth.com), 25 Lebanon Street, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, 2005, 624 pages, $27.95 (hardcover) .In the post-9/11...
Comments on "Weather and the Calculated Risk"
I WAS VERY PLEASED to see Maj Anthony Eckel, Capt Jeffrey Cunningham, and Maj Dale Hetke's article "Weather and the Calculated Risk: Exploiting Forecast Uncertainty for Operational Risk Management" (Air and Space Power Journal, Spring 2008). I am a strong...
Control of Theater Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance for the Ground Commander
I READ WITH GREAT interest Lt Col Michael Downs's article "Rethinking the Combined Force Air Component Commander's Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Approach to Counterinsurgency" (Fall 2008). I agree that the system needs reform but disagree...
Corky Meyer's Flight Journal: Dodging Disasters-Just in Time
Corky Meyer's Flight Journal: Dodging Disasters-Just in Time by Corwin H. Meyer. Specialty Press (http://www.specialtypress.com), 39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, Minnesota 55056, 2006, 252 pages, $27.95 (softcover).Want excitement? Try this scenario:...
Defense of US Space Assets: A Legal Perspective
Editorial Abstract:A recent antisatellite test by China-which that country can legitimately claim is legal, according to international treaty-highlights the danger posed to spaceborne US assets. To determine the most appropriate US response, the author...
Developing Airmen for Integration into Air, Space, and Cyberspace: The New Aggressors
REVITALIZATION OF THE aggressor program provides expanded training opportunities in the air, space, and cyber realms. The following discussion details basic principles of the aggressor program, developed over time by organizations whose express objective...
Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power
THE US AIR Force has long characterized its mission in global terms. Gen Hap Arnold chose Global Mission for the title of his memoirs, published in 1949. An Air Force white paper of 1990, Global Reach-Global Power, articulated a vision of how the service...
Heirpower! Eight Basic Habits of Exceptionally Powerful Lieutenants
Heirpower! Eight Basic Habits of Exceptionally Powerful Lieutenants by CMSgt Bob Vásquez, USAF, retired. Air University Press (http://www .maxwell.af.mil/au/aul/aupress), 131 West Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-5962, 2006, 88 pages, $8.50...
Honoring Maj Gen I. B. Holley for His Many Years of Service to Air and Space Power Journal
MAJ GEN I. B. Holley has announced his retirement from Air and Space Power Journal's (ASPJ) Editorial Advisory Board (EAB-its board of directors, charged with determining the Journal's strategic direction). A military-history icon, he has been associated...
Human Performance Enhancement: ÜBerhumans or Ethical Morass?
Ritalin seems to have become the drug for our day. As competition on every level intensifies, our preoccupations as a culture increasingly center on performance. And our children, whether we realize it or not, have been serving as a proving ground for...
Into the Wild Blue Yonder: My Life in the Air Force
Into the Wild Blue Yonder: My Life in the Air Force by Allan T. Stein. Texas A&M University Press Consortium (http://www.tamu.edu/upress), John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis Stteet, 4354 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4354, 2005, 200 pages, $29.95...
Journals for Space Professionals: So Much to Read, So Little Time
SPACE WAS THE final frontier- later, the ultimate high ground. Today we squeeze space in between air and cyberspace in the Air Force's responsibility a fact certainly reflected in Air and Space Power Journal But two other journals provide space professionals...
Lichte on Leadership: A Yankees Fan's Perspective
AS A STUDENT of leadership over the past 37 years, I've received numerous briefings and read countless works on the subject. I quickly found out that the range of different perspectives rivaled the number of works themselves. Not surprisingly, I discovered...
Mission Debrief
Air and Space Power Journal, the US Air Force's professional journal, is published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, and Chinese. Each version is independent and has an editor-a native speaker of the particular language and an expert in...
My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir
My Battle of Algiers: A Memoir by Ted Morgan. Smithsonian Books, imprint of HarperCollins (http://www.harpercollins.com/index.aspx), 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022, 2006, 304 pages, $24.95 (hardcover), $14.95 (softcover) (2007).As the...
On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story
On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story by Cdr Richard Jadick with Thomas Hayden. New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (http://us.penguingroup.com), 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, 2007, 288 pages, $24.95 (hardcover).I first...
Phantom Reflections: The Education of an American Fighter Pilot in Vietnam
Phantom Reflections: The Education of an American Fighter Pilot in Vietnam by Mike McCarthy. Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group (http:// www.praeger.com), 88 Post Road West, Westport, Connecticut 06881, 2006, 200 pages, $44.95 (hardcover).Phantom Reflections...
Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea
Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea by Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. Potomac Books (http:// www.potomacbooksinc.com), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2007, 288 pages, $23.96 (hardcover).Deciphering the enigma that is the Democratic...
Regional Guide to International Conflict and Management from 1945 to 2003
Regional Guide to International Conflict and Management from 1945 to 2003 by Jacob Bercovitch and Judith Fretter. CQ Press (http://www.cqpress .com), 1255 22nd Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20037, 2004, 400 pages, $118.00 (hardcover).Jacob Bercovitch...
Reply to "A Look Down the Slippery Slope: Domestic Operations, Outsourcing, and the Erosion of Military Culture"
MAJ BRYAN D. Watson's article "A Look down the Slippery Slope" (Air and Space Power Journal, Spring 2008) should be required reading for every military commander, contracting officer, and support-function service member who looks only for the cheap way...
Reply to "Military Transformation: Ends, Ways, and Means"
I DO NOT INTEND to make a complete commentary on Dr. Jack D. Kem's very interesting article "Military Transformation: Ends, Ways, and Means" (Air and Space Power Journal, Fall 2006); instead, I will outline a few thoughts that it inspired in one reader....
Ricochets and Replies
We encourage you to e-mail your comments to us at aspj@maxwell.af.mil or cadreaspj@aol.com. We reserve the right to edit your remarks.AIRPOWER IMBALANCEAir Commodore Tariq Mahmud Ashraf's article "Airpower Imbalance: Nuclear Pakistan's Achilles' Heel"...
Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd
Science, Strategy and War: The Strategic Theory of John Boyd by Frans P. B. Osinga. Roudedge (http://www.roudedge.com), Taylor and Francis Group, 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford OX14 4RN, United Kingdom, 2006, 336 pages, $125.00 (hardcover).In...
Seeing the Elephant: The U.S. Role in Global Security
Seeing the Elephant: The U.S. Role in Global Security by Hans Binnendijk and Richard L. Kugler. National Defense University Press and Potomac Books (http://www.potomacbooksinc.com) , 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2007, 336 pages, $48.00...
Self-Evaluation: A Disconnect in Our Values
IN THE LAST two years, I've drafted a dozen performance reports and recommendations for officer promotion. That may seem like a reasonable number that ought not be too burdensome for one officer to handle, but I find it quite unsatisfactory. Why? Because...
Semmes: Rebel Raider
Semmes: Rebel Raider by John M. Taylor. Potomac Books (http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/ Features.aspx ), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2003, 128 pages, $15.96 (hardcover), $10.36 (softcover) (2005).The two best-known naval battles...
Shifting the Air Force's Support Ideology to Exploit Combined Arms in the Close Fight
Editorial Abstract:Today's war on terror requires the Air Force to employ all of its varied weapons effects for engaging in this fight. To do so, the author suggests that the service must make the support of US ground forces its tactical thrust by ensuring...
Silver Wings, Golden Valor: The USAF Remembers Korea
Silver Wings, Golden Valor: The USAF Remembers Korea edited by Dr. Richard P. Hallion. Air Force Historical Studies Office (http://www.airforce histo17.hq.af.mil/publications.ntm) , Publications Division, 3 Brookley Avenue, Box 94, Boiling AFB, Washington,...
Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler
Tempered Steel: The Three Wars of Triple Air Force Cross Winner Jim Kasler by Perry D. Luckett and Charles L. Byler. Potomac Books (http:// www.potomacbooksinc.com), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2005, 320 pages, $22.36 (hardcover),...
The Reconstitution Imperative©
It is thus an essential condition of strategic leadership that forces should be held in reserve according to the degree of strategic uncertainty.- Carl von Clausewitz, On WarTHE US SPACE community was alarmed by China's antisatellite (ASAT) test of 11...
The Rise of China: How Economic Reform Is Creating a New Superpower
The Rise of China: How Economic Reform Is Creating a New Superpower by William H. Overholt. W. W. Norton and Company (http://www .wwnorton.com), 500 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10110, 1994, 432 pages, $16.95 (softcover) .Over the past 30 years,...
The Specter of Munich: Reconsidering the Lessons of Appeasing Hitler
The Specter of Munich: Reconsidering the Lessons of Appeasing Hitler by Jeffrey Record. Potomac Books (http://www.potomacbooksinc.com), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2006, 160 pages, $19.96 (hardcover).Say what you will, hindsight...
Thunder over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic Missiles
Thunder over the Horizon: From V-2 Rockets to Ballistic Missiles by Clayton K. S. Chun. Praeger Security International, imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group (http://www.greenwood.com/psi), 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Connecticut 06881-5007,...
Uneasy Balance: Civil-Military Relations in Peacetime America since 1783
Uneasy Balance: Civil-Military Relations in Peacetime America since 1783 by Thomas S. Langston. Johns Hopkins University Press (http://www.press.jhu.edu), 2715 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218-4363, 2003, 208 pages, $39.95 (hardcover).Over...
Who Guards the Guardians and How: Democratic Civil-Military Relations
Who Guards the Guardians and How: Democratic Civil-Military Relations edited by Thomas C. Bruneau and Scott D. Tollefson. University of Texas Press (http://www.utexas.edu/utpress), P.O. Box 7819, Austin, Texas 78713-7819, 2006, 336 pages, $50.00 (hardcover).An...
Why We Should End the Aviator Continuation Pay Bonus Program
Editorial Abstract:In 1989, Congress established the Aviator Continuation Pay Bonus Program, originally designed to slow the exodus of military pilots to civilian airlines. By means of historical investigation of military and Social Security sources,...