Volume 31, Issue 2, Summer  2017

Feature Articles

Improving Resource Management in the Afghan Air Force 

Lt Col Jonathan D. Ritschel, USAF
Ms. Tamiko L. Ritschel

The nascent Afghan Air Force (AAF) is rapidly changing with new platforms programmed and existing platforms expanding. As US and coalition forces draw down, the transition of financial responsibility from American to Afghan processes is on the...

The Coming Close Air Support Fly-Off: Lessons from AIMVAL-ACEVAL

Lt Col Steven Fino, PhD, USAF

In the summer of 2016, Congress introduced legislation directing the Pentagon to conduct an A-10/F-35 close air support (CAS) fly-off. For several years, the Air Force has tried to retire its fleet of A-10s, arguing that its other platforms,...

Break the Paradigm: Prepare Airpower for Enemies' "Most Likely Course of Action"

H. Mark Clawson

This article argues USAF leadership remains too focused on developing the force based on an outdated paradigm of advanced state actors fighting force-on-force on uncluttered battlefields. It postulates that the USAF “next generation” fighter...

Critical Thinking Skills in USAF Developmental Education 

Col Adam J. Stone, USAF

To address the Air Force’s repeated call for stronger critical thinkers, this article uses quantitative research to establish a baseline of current critical thinking (CT) skills among active duty Air Force officers attending professional military...


Social Media and the DOD: Benefits, Risks, and Mitigation

Lt Col Dieter A. Waldvogel, USAF, PhD

Social media and networking sites (SNS) such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Google Apps, and many other Internet-based capabilities such as video sharing, weblogs, message boards, etc., offer a unique forum for discussion and...


Toward a US Air Force Arctic Strategy 

Col John L. Conway III, USAF, Retired

The US Air Force is no newcomer to the Arctic. It has a long history of aerial operations in the “High North” from fighting the “thousand mile war” in the Aleutians during World War II to expanding its Arctic operations throughout the Cold War and...

The Last Prop Fighter: Sandys, Hobos, Fireflies, Zorros, and Spads

Maj Gen Randy Jayne, USAF, Retired

In the long US war in Southeast Asia, many combat aircraft were utilized during more than a decade of fighting. While most of the fighter aircraft were modern jets, a special aircraft, obtained from the US Navy and flying a variety of highly...

Data You Can Trust: Blockchain Technology

Col Vincent Alcazar, USAF, Retired

This article introduces blockchain technology, a novel data encryption and distribution method that protects data from corruption and destruction. In and of itself, blockchain can do little to enhance US warfare, but its value added is best glimpsed...

Defeating Small Civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems to Maintain Air Superiority 

Lt Col Thomas S. Palmer, USAF
Dr. John P. Geis II, Colonel, USAF, Retired

The year is 20XX, and after breakdowns in diplomatic and economic efforts to solve an international crisis, the US Air Force (USAF) has been tasked to lead major combat operations to destroy a hostile country’s strategic targets. After weeks of...