Volume 31, Issue 1, Spring  2017

Feature Articles

Jointness and the Norwegian Campaign, 1940 

Dr. Phillip S. Meilinger, Colonel, USAF, Retired

The Norwegian Campaign in the spring of 1940 was the first major joint and combined operation of World War II in the European theater. Not only did the British and French work together to attack the German occupiers in the far north but also the...

Defeating the Threat of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems 

Maj Dillon R. Patterson, USAF

Modern engineering advancements are yielding small unmanned aerial vehicles capable of employing weapons with precision and lethality. The low cost of production is leading to global proliferation of these systems; large and small nations alike are...


Air Mines: Countering the Drone Threat to Aircraft

Lt Col Leslie F. Hauck III, USAF
Dr. John P. Geis II, Colonel, USAF, Retired

Like the space debris threat to satellites, drones will soon become an "air debris" or "air mine" threat to aircraft. Drones, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), unmanned aerial vehicles, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are increasingly smaller and...

Putting the Right Man in the Loop: Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Tactical Controllers

Maj Jaylan M. Haley, USAF

This article argues that the Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Task Force and uniformed services must continue to reform intelligence operations but they must rise above reliance on hardware purchases to...

Airpower and Irregular War: A Battle of Ideas

Dr. John T. Farquhar

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Why Air Power Alone Won’t Beat ISIS [Islamic State Iraq and Syria],” military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot presents a clear thesis expressed in his...

The Myth of Strategic and Tactical Airlift 

Capt Jacob D. Maywald, USAF
Col Adam D. Reiman, USAF
Dr. Alan W. Johnson, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired
Lt Col Robert E. Overstreet, USAF

When selecting airlift assets for a given intertheater movement requirement, current mobility airlift planning typically defaults to the larger, more capable strategic fleet. However, empirical evidence shows increasing delivery method diversity can...

The Doolittle Raid--75 Years Later 

Dr. Robert B. Kane, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, Retired

Early morning, 18 April 1942, 16 US Army Air Forces (AAF) B-25B Mitchell medium bombers, led by AAF Lt Col James A. “Jimmy” Doolittle, took off from the USS Hornet, commanded by Navy Capt Marc Mitscher, about 750 miles east of Japan. About noon...

Ensuring Surety of Supply through Sustainable Aviation Fuels 

Maj Marcus R. McWilliams, USAF

Price instability in the global petroleum markets in the last 15 years and a desire to reduce dependence on foreign oil have caused a push to develop fuels derived from alternative or sustainable sources. How can the Air Force take advantage of the...

Book Reviews