Riding the Hydra: How the Army Enterprise Went to War 2001-2007

  The history of the U.S. Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom is replete with tactical and operational studies, and the shifts in strategy are well documented. The Chief of Staff of the Army’s (CSA) official study, The U.S. Army in the Iraq War, provides an excellent analysis of the operational level of war. “Riding the… Continue Reading Riding the Hydra: How the Army Enterprise Went to War 2001-2007

“Radar Contact!”: The Beginnings of Army Air Forces Radar and Fighter Control

The emergence of radar and tactical fighter control is the genesis of today’s air battle managers. Army Signal Corps technicians and Air Corps aircraft operators comprised the aircraft warning service, creating a constant source of frustration to both communities. It is from this mixed environment that the first fighter control squadrons emerged. What air battle… Continue Reading “Radar Contact!”: The Beginnings of Army Air Forces Radar and Fighter Control

Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward

Dr. Greg Zacharias, former Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force (2015–18), explores next steps in autonomous systems (AS) development, fielding, and training. Rapid advances in AS development and artificial intelligence (AI) research will change how we think about machines, whether they are individual vehicle platforms or networked enterprises. The payoff will be considerable,… Continue Reading Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward

Cognitive Radio Cloud Networks: Assured Access in the Future Electromagnetic Operating Environment

Maj. Lawrence O. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps, explores cognitive radio cloud networks, or CRCN, as a solution to mitigate the growing problem of DOD access to the electromagnetic spectrum due to a heavily congested and contested environment. The collision between technological advances in software-defined radios, machine learning and cloud computing have created the opportunity to… Continue Reading Cognitive Radio Cloud Networks: Assured Access in the Future Electromagnetic Operating Environment

A Better State of War: Surmounting the Ethical Cliff in Cyber Warfare

This study analyzes the emergent field of cyber warfare through the lens of commonly accepted tenets of ethical warfare. By comparing the foundational understanding of concepts that determine the justice of wars (jus ad bellum) and justice in war (jus en bello) with the capabilities cyber warfare offers, this work highlights both causes for concern… Continue Reading A Better State of War: Surmounting the Ethical Cliff in Cyber Warfare

Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF): 2018 Report

In August 2018 Air University brought together a diverse group of leading subject matter experts to address current challenges in the electromagnetic spectrum. This report summarizes insights, conclusions, and recommendations developed during the inaugural Electromagnetic Defense Task Force.

Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency: Volume II

Authors offer their experiences from the field regarding air base security and discuss modern air support for base defense, counterintelligence enablers, commander responsibilities for air base defense, lessons from the Afghanistan theater of operations, projected technological advances in base defense, and unique operational defensive challenges at a conflict’s beginning (getting in) and end (getting out).

See this image Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency: Volume I

This anthology discusses the converging operational issues of air base defense and counterinsurgency. It explores the diverse challenges associated with defending air assets and joint personnel in a counterinsurgency environment. The authors are primarily Air Force officers from security forces, intelligence, and the office of special investigations, but works are included from a US Air… Continue Reading See this image Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency: Volume I