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Forward Arming and Refueling Points for Fighter Aircraft

Date Posted:  10/6/2014

This article examines a new concept for dispersed operations that allows fighter aircraft to operate from any airfield with a suitable runway. Furthermore, it does not require infrastructure at the dispersed location and results in significant operational and strategic effects....

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The Asia-Pacific Century by Dr. Adam Lowther

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

The Asia-Pacific Century-This work looks to the future of the Asia-Pacific and examines a broad range of questions that focus on diplomatic, economic, and military challenges facing the region’s key players, with a particular focus on their relevance to the US military. In the last 15 years, many other forward looking studies have come to the same conclusion. The Air Force 2025 study concluded that among the possible outcomes before 2030 was ...

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Measuring Military Power

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

There is an unprecedented need for tools that provide a transparent, standardized assessment of US military power over time- a common baseline that describes how much hard power the United States actually has in relation to its vital interests would help discipline the defense sufficiency discussion. The first challenge in grading “military power” is to ask if it can be effectively measured. A second issue will be deciding what to mea...


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Critical Code: Software Producibility for Defens

Critical Code: Software Producibility for Defense by the National Research Council. National Academies Press, 2010, 160 pp., $34.75.

          As the title implies, computer software is critical to the mission of the Department of Defense. Hence, the National Research Council (NRC) was tasked by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2006 to analyze and make recommendation on all aspects of software development and sustainability pertaining to the DoD. Specifically, NRC’s Committee for Advancing Software Intensive Systems Producibility delved into current DoD processes for building or buying software for the vast number of systems—both weapon-related and administrative—us... Read Full Review