Air & Space Power Journal

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall

Aerospace Power in the Twenty-First Century: A Basic Primer
Aerospace Power in the Twenty-first Century: A Basic Primer by Clayton K. S. Chun. Air University Press (http://www.au.af.mil/au/aul/aupress), 131 West Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB, Alabama 36112-5962, 2001, 356 pages, $29.00 (softcover). Available...
Air-Mindedness: Confessions of an Airpower Advocate
As Airmen face the challenges of justifying their requirements in the Defense Budget and continue to plan and execute air, space, and cyber- space operations around the globe, there are precious few opportunities to reflect on the events that made the...
Airpower Security Cooperation as an Instrument of National Power: Lessons for Iraq from the Cases of Pakistan and Egypt
The environment of air dominance enjoyed by coalition air forces at the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom portended a necessary and contemporary endeavor- the tasking of US and coalition partners with reconstituting the Iraqi Air Force. This effort presents...
A Perfect Storm over Nuclear Weapons
America faces a critical decision point in history. The nuclear deterrent that kept us safe for the past half century has deteriorated to the point of near failure, and we face a confluence of dangers- a "perfect storm"that threatens our very existence...
Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons
Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons by Joseph Cirincione. Columbia University Press (http://www.columbia .edu/cu/cup), 61 W. 62nd Street, New York, New York 10023, 2007, 224 pages, $27.95 (hardcover) .The modest size of this book belies...
Cyberspace Leadership: Towards New Culture, Conduct, and Capabilities
War has always been a product of its age. The tools, tactics, and doctrine of how we fight have always evolved along with technology. In this first decade of the twenty-first century, cyberspace has emerged as a global war- fighting domain- a domain...
Damage Control: Leveraging Crisis Communications for Operational Effect
After more than 6,700 days of continuous combat operations in support of US national security objectives, it is useful to evaluate the extent to which our nation's enemies have adapted to the coalition's asymmetric advantage in air and space. Since these...
Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of U.S. Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990
Dealing with Dictators: Dilemmas of U.S. Diplomacy and Intelligence Analysis, 1945-1990 edited by Ernest R. May and Philip D. Zelikow. The MIT Press (http://mitpress .mit.edu), 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142-1493, 2007, 243 pages,...
Deterrence and Space-Based Missile Defense
During the Cold War, the United States relied on the nuclear triad to deter ballistic missile threats emanating from the Soviet Union. Today, the threat is expanding to include rogue elements and proliferators of missile technologies undeterred by Cold...
Efficiently Exploiting the Power of C4ISR by Optimally Organizing and Training the Producers of Combat Support Effects*
In a previous Air and Space Power Journal article, I argued for the existence of two distinct portions of the find/fix/track/ target/ engage/assess (F2T2EA) kill chain.1 The targeting and engaging portions of the chain are the responsibility of combat...
George C. Marshall: Rubrics of Leadership
George C. Marshall: Rubrics of Leadership by Stewart W. Husted. Army War College Foundation Press and Stackpole Books (http:// www.stackpolebooks.com), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2007, 300 pages, $23.95 (hardcover).Prof....
Honor: A History
Honor: A History by James Bowman. Encounter Books (http://www.encounterbooks.com), 900 Broadway, Suite 400, New York, New York 10003, 2006, 381 pages, $25.95 (hardcover); 2007, 381 pages, $18.95 (softcover).Where have all the heroes gone? James Bowman...
Introducing the "New" ASPJ and Focusing on Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence
Notice anything different? Undoubtedly, those of you who are longtime readers of Air and Space Power Journal immediately spotted changes in the Journal's appearance. We have altered the cover, table of contents, typeface, and layout. We did so not only...
KC-X: The Game Changer for Mobility
The nation's airlift forces have been in high demand since the Gulf War of 1991. The tempo of operations has increased even more as the nation responded to a wide variety of military campaigns and contingencies- from Afghanistan to Iraq to numerous disaster-relief...
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...
Modern Air Power and the 1916 Arab Revolt: What Can the Modern Airman Do to Counter Lawrence of Arabia?
That most enigmatic and eccentric of Englishmen, T. E. Lawrence, more popularly known as "Lawrence of Arabia," has risen in the military psyche from obscure young archaeologist to key thinker and writer; indeed, in his day, he was one of the most successful...
Recent US and Chinese Antisatellite Activities
Recent antisatellite (ASAT) activities by the United States and China have revived questions regarding space warfare, the follow-on effects of potential satellite destruction on a massive scale, national accountability, and technological challenges to...
Recruiting for 2030: Is the US Air Force Getting the Recruits It Needs for the Future?
The Air Force has stated that it seeks not only 31,980 recruits in fiscal year 2009 to meet its needs for sustain- ment but also the right people with the right skills at the right time.1 However, our service recruits Airmen, not numbers. The Air Force...
Ricochets & Replies
We encourage you to e-mail your comments to us at aspj@maxwell.af.mil. We reserve the right to edit your remarks.AMERICA'S TWO AIR FORCESHere's the bottom line up front: As physicist Wolfgang Pauli famously quipped, "This is not right. It isn't even...
Rockets and People, Vol. 1, and Rockets and People: Creating a Rocket Industry, Vol. 2
Rockets and People, vol. 1, and Rockets and People: Creating a Rocket Industry, vol. 2, by Boris Chertok. NASA History Office (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/ index.html), 300 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20546, 2005, 402 pages, $42.00 (hardcover)...
Team Spirit: A Case Study on the Value of Military Exercises as a Show of Force in the Aftermath of Combat Operations
Political concerns dominate a show of force operation, and as such, military forces often are under significant legal and political constraints. The military force coordinates its operations with the country teams affected. A show of force can involve...
The Jet Race and the Second World War
The Jet Race and the Second World War by Sterling Michael Pavelec. Praeger Security International, Greenwood Publishing Group (http://www.praeger.com/psi), 88 Post Road West, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, Connecticut 06881-5007, 2007, 248 pages, $49.95 (hardcover).Before...