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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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The War with Japan: The Period of Balance, May 1942–October 1943

The War with Japan: The Period of Balance, May 1942–October 1943 by H. P. Willmott. Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, 180 pp., $25.95.

          The War with Japan argues that the Battles of the Coral Sea and Midway did not dictate the outcome of the Pacific War. Rather, it holds that single battles seldom have determined naval wars and that after those encounters, the situation was still to be decided. Willmott argues that an analog might be a brawl at the end of which a single pistol was left on the ground. Both sides were capable of grabbing it, and success would go to whoever grasped the initiative. That initiative was Guadalcanal, which was really undertaken before the United States was read... Read Full Review