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Airpower in Three Wars

By: William W. Momyer
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Stopping Mass Killings in AfricaGenocide, Airpower, and Intervention

By: Dr. Douglas Carl Peifer

DISCLAIMER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii ABOUT THE EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v PREFACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii Introduction to Genocide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Dr. Douglas C. Peifer Case Studies 1 American Intervention in Africa: Building on the Lessons of Somalia . . . . . . . . . . 21 Lt Col Aaron Steffens, USAF 2 Genocide, Airpower, and Intervention: Rwanda 1994 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Maj George Stanley, USAF 3 Defeating Genocide: An Operational Concept Based on the Rwandan Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Lt Col Keith Reeves, USAF 4 Côte d’Ivoire: Intervention and Prevention Responses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 CDR Timothy E. Boyer, USN Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Dr. Douglas C. Peifer CONTRIBUTORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14...

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Kenneth N. Walker : Airpower's Untempered Crusader

By: Martha Byrd

Kenneth Newton Walker had significant influence in the early days of airpower’s rise to prominence. Ms. Byrd has brought us the man behind the influence....

Chapter 1 The Formative Years....................1 Chapter 2 The Spokesman for Bombardment ..............................................................21 Chapter 3 More Schooling and Command.....44 Chapter 4 Washington and AWPD-l..............64 Chapter 5 The Southwest Pacific and Fifth Bombern Command.................................89 Chapter 6 Walker’s Last Mission ...............111 Chapter 7 The Lingering Doubts ..............126...

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Airpower versus Terrorism : Three Case Studies

By: Maj Todd R. Phinney, USAF

This study analyzes the effectiveness of airpower versus terrorism using three case studies.

1 Terrorism: Its Impact, the New American Approach, and Airpower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   1 2 Operation El Dorado Canyon: Airpower versus Libyan-Sponsored Terrorism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3 Operation Infinite Reach: The 1998 US Embassy Bombing Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 4 The Second Palestinian Intifada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 5 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 APPENDIX: THE OSLO NEGOTIATIONS . . . . . . . . . . 71 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79...

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The US Air Force after Vietnam : Postwar Challenges and Potential for Responses

By: Dr. Donald J. Mrozek
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Wright Flyer Paper : The Cheshire Jet; Harnessing Metamaterials to Achieve an Optical Stealth Capability, Vol. 44

By: Major Timothy E. Beers, USAF

This paper addresses the question, “Will metamaterials facilitate an operationally feasible and significant optical stealth capability for the US Air Force?” To answer this question, the author’s research is directed at the advances and development patterns of optical band metamaterials; specifically, it addresses the leading indicators of frequency, bandwidth, and energy loss. Following that, a backcasting futures technique helps uncover the obstacles of metamaterial durability, suitability, and manufacturability. This paper concludes with a 20-year timeline for optical band metamaterial capabilities and applications....

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Air University Press Publications : 2011-2012

By: Air University Press

General Information iv CSAF Reading List vii Frequently Asked Questions ix Journals 1 Audio Books 5 Air University Numbered Texts 7 Books 11 AFRI Papers 54 Drew Papers 60 Fairchild Papers 63 Maxwell Paper Anthology 67 Maxwell Papers 70 Occasional Papers 82 SAASS Papers 84 Walker Papers 91 Wright Flyer Papers 97 Author Index 112 Title Index 114...

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Space Primer

By: Air Command; Staff College

This primer is a useful tool both for individuals who are not “space aware”—unacquainted with space capabilities, organizations, and operations—and for those who are “space aware,” especially individuals associated with the space community, but not familiar with space capabilities, organizations, and operations outside their particular areas of expertise. It is your guide and your invitation to all the excitement and opportunity of space....

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Air Force Research Institute Papers 2009-4 : Challenging Nuclear Abolition

By: Adam Lowther, PhD

The attractiveness of Adam Lowther’s study of American nuclear weapons policy is that it explains the complexities of the issue in very clear terms. It will help all readers understand the debate. In particular, it frames the issue of nuclear weapons in relationship to the most basic concept of primary importance—how we view American strength in the world....

DISCLAIMER . . . .ii FOREWORD . . . . . v ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . . .vii SUMMARY . . . . .ix CHALLENGING NUCLEAR ABOLITION . . . 1 Nuclear Modernization . . . .3 Nuclear Abolition . . . .9 NOTES . . . .31 APPENDIX . . . .37...

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Growing the Space Industrial Base : Policy Pitfalls and Prospects

By: Robert L. Butterworth

The space industrial sector has been of particular concern given its intimate connection with national security operations and plans, its broad importance for science and technology, and its competitive position toward foreign governments and producers. However, the industry has been struggling, and without US government actions it may not have the depth and vitality to provide affordable solutions to future national security requirements....

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Charting the Nation’s Course : Strategic Planning Processes in the 1952–53“ New Look” and the 1996–97 Quadrennial Defense Review

By: Major Patrick M. Condray, USAF

This study analyzes how the processes used in the national security planning influence the results. It begins by discussing the nature of strategic planning for national security, eventually defining it as a disciplined effort involving the allocation of resources to programmed activities aimed at achieving a set of objectives by integrating major goals, policies, and action sequences into a cohesive whole. The next step in this study defines several alternative methods for conducting strategic planning, including how using those methods could influence the outcome. The final section discusses the implications of the different approaches, including the recommendation that any review contemplating major changes in national security policy follow a more sequential and top-down process with clear guidance given to participants....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 Notes . . . . 5 2 NATIONAL SECURITY PLANNING PROCESSES . . . . . 7 Notes . . . . 12 3 THE NEW LOOK OF 1952–53 . . . . . . 15 Notes . . . . 29 4 THE QUADRENNIAL DEFENSE REVIEW OF 1996–97 . . . .33 Notes . . . . 51 5 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS . . . . . 53 Notes . . . . 56...

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Wright Flyer Paper : Unmanned Intratheater Airlift, Vol. 45

By: Major Kevin J. McGowan, USAF

This paper investigates the DOD’s tactical logistical challenges and each service’s tactical lift requirements, especially with respect to the movement of supplies from forward supply hubs to forward forces. To address these challenges and requirements, the author suggests the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) as a potential solution. Focusing on existing and quickly emerging technologies as well as the joint operating requirements, the author proposes RPA performance and design characteristics along with a concept of employment that increases tactical lift capabilities and meets all current service requirements....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . .1 Notes . . . . . 12 2 OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS . . . .15 Notes . . . . 26 3 TECHNOLOGY REVIEW/PROOF OF CONCEPT . . .27 Notes . . . .41 4 PROPOSED SOLUTION . . . . 45 Notes . . . . .51 5 SYNOPSIS OF CONCEPT OF EMPLOYMENT . . . .53 Notes . . . . 59 6 CONCLUSION . . . . .61...

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The Walker Papers : Future of NATO-Russian Relations or How to Dance with a Bear and Not Get Mauled, Vol. 6

By: Gordon B. Hendrickson

In this paper, Lt Col Gordy Hendrickson examines the recent history of the relationship and the Russian perspectives on that history and addresses many of the potentially contentious issues still facing NATO and Russia. He then outlines a useful framework for interaction between the two sides—a framework which can form the foundation for concrete actions and programs to continue down the path of mutual cooperation. Colonel Hendrickson concludes by proposing several practical steps the alliance can take to continue to effectively work with Russia and keep the relationship moving forward....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 BACKGROUND—THE LONG ROAD TO ROME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 3 RUSSIAN RESPONSES AND PERSPECTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 4 CONTENTIOUS ISSUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 5 AREAS OF COOPERATION. . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 6 RECOMMENDATIONS—THE WAY AHEAD . . . 39 Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51...

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Wright Flyer Paper : How Small Is Too Small?; Technology into 2035, Vol. 46

By: Major Paul E. Kladitis, USAF

The Department of Defense (DOD) anticipates the realization of biomimetic bird and two-inch, insect-sized systems within the 2015–47 period. Although robot systems of one millimeter or smaller are not explicitly specified in current DOD and Air Force technology road maps, the technological aims towards this size can be clearly inferred from official documents. This research assesses the likelihood of, and barriers to, the realization of true microrobots and nanorobots (defined as submillimeter-sized robots of micro-meter and nanometer proportions, respectively) that can perform in military applications by 2035. This research finds that the realization of true microrobots for military applications by 2035 is unlikely, except for a single case of microrobots....

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Information as a Weapon : Reality versus Promises

By: Major YuLin G. Whitehead, USAF

The study investigates whether information as a weapon can achieve the purposes of war. Specifically, can the use of the “information weapon” diminish an adversary’s will and capacity to fight. The results indicate that while information may be considered a weapon, it is one that must be used with caution. The more enthusiastic proponents of the information weapon tend to overestimate its ability to diminish enemy will and capacity to fight....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 Notes . . . . . 6 2 CARL VON CLAUSEWITZ—TIMELESS AND ENDURING . . . . . 9 Notes . . . . . 14 3 INFORMATION—THE ULTIMATE PRECISON-GUIDED WEAPON . . . . 17 Notes . . . . . 23 4 ANALYSIS—IS INFORMATION A WEAPON? . . . . 27 Notes . . . . . 35 5 IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSION . . . . 37 Notes . . . . 39...

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Targeting for Effect : Analytical Framework for Counterland Operations

By: Major Scott G. Walker, USAF

This study analyzes the use of airpower against enemy ground forces. Maj Scott G.Walker assesses current doctrinal definitions of the close air support and interdiction missions as seen by the Air Force and Army, comparing and contrasting the two. The themes that recur throughout are the need for planning to remain flexible, using the speed and firepower of air attack to concentrate force where needed, and the requirement for good operational and tactical intelligence....

INTRODUCTION . . . . . 1 THE FIELD ARMY DESCRIBED . . . . 9 ATTACKING THE ENEMY . . . . . 19 SYNCHRONIZING AIR AND GROUND FORCES . . . . . 39 CASE STUDIES . . . . 45 AN ANALYSIS FRAMEWORK FOR COUNTERLAND OPERATIONS . . . . 71...

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Planting the Seeds of SEAD : The Wild Weasel in Vietnam

By: Major William A. Hewitt, USAF

The introduction of Shrike anti-radiation missile (ARM) negated the requirement to overfly the site, but its short range required further improvement. The improvement came in the Standard ARM, a missile that was followed by development of the High-Speed Anti- Radiation Missile, or HARM, the weapon of choice for today’s Weasel. That aircraft is the Wild Weasel, indicating the need for such an aircraft in the future....

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The Quick Response Air Force : Decisive Expeditionary Airpower for the Future?

By: Major G. Larry Thompson, USAF

This analysis concludes the answer is to reorganize existing forces into a Quick Response Airpower Force (QRAF). The QRAF concept involves a force structure that can help reduce the operations tempo in the DOD by replacing forward presence with a credible continental United States-based, quick response, deterrent force. This study presents a discussion and background of the problem, its importance, related problems, and past attempts at solutions. It offers a framework describing a quick response force and what it should be capable of doing. After discussing the current US Air Force attempts to provide this capability, the composite wing and the Airpower Expeditionary Force, the force of tomorrow—the threetiered QRAF—is presented. The study concludes with recommendations for further study, limitations of the analysis, and its implications....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . . . 1 Notes . . . . . 2 2 THE PROBLEM . . . . 3 Notes . . . . . 8 3 THE FORCE REQUIREMENT . . . . 9 Notes . . . . . 13 4 THE FORCE TODAY . . . . 15 Notes . . . . . 25 5 THE FORCE TOMORROW . . . . 27 Notes . . . . . 31 6 CONCLUSION . . . . . 33 Notes . . . . . 37...

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Keeping the Peace : Regional Organizations and Peacekeeping

By: Major John S. Clark Jr., USAF

This study concludes that in order for peacekeepers to achieve their mandate, it is critical to possess strong political will and a minimum of operational support.Furthermore, regional organizations run the gamut in both political will and operational capability. Their performance indicates that when their national interests are at stake, the regionals demonstrate the required political will to persevere in a mission....

INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 THE NATURE OF PEACEKEEPING . . . . . 5 REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PEACEKEEPING . . . . . 13 PERFORMANCE AND POTENTIAL OF REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS. . . . . 19 THE US ROLE IN SUPPORT OF PEACEKEEPING. . . . .33 RECOMMENDATIONS. . . . . 39 CONCLUSION . . . . . 47 BIBLIOGRAPHY. . . . . 51...

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Hale's Handful . . . Up from the Ashes : The Forging of the Seventh Air Force from the Ashes of Pearl Harbor to the Triumph of VJ-day

By: Major Peter S. H. Ellis, USAF

This study analyzes the evolution of Seventh Air Force’s joint command and control (C2) relationships as well as the development of joint operational procedures and doctrine in the Central Pacific during World War II. As this was arguably the most joint theater in World War II, there are many lessons about the challenges of joint C2 and the development of joint combat procedures that are relevant to contemporary airmen....

1 INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 2 BEGINNINGS—THE FORGING OF SEVENTH AIR FORCE . . 9 3 EARLY CAMPAIGNS: THE GILBERTS AND THE MARSHALLS . . . . 21 4 LATER CAMPAIGNS: NEUTRALIZATION OF THE CAROLINES, MARIANAS CAMPAIGN, IWO JIMA, AND OKINAWA . . . . 43 5 CONCLUSION . . . . . . 75...

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