Volume 29, Issue 2, March - April  2015

Feature Articles

Sea-Land Basing of Air Refueling Forces: A Concept for Resiliency and Efficiency

Dr. Robert C. Owen

This article presents a concept for operating US Air Force air refueling forces at expeditionary bases in the face of modern antiaccess/area-denial (A2/AD) threats. Given the proliferation of robust A2/AD capabilities in the hands of potential...

Building a Partnership between the United States and India: Exploring Airpower's Potential

Dr. Adam B. Lowther
Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

This article examines current and prospective opportunities for the United States Air Force and the Indian Air Force to collaborate in the development of airpower diplomacy as a means of building partnerships. In suggesting that soft power plays an...

The SAC Mentality: The Origins of Strategic Air Command's Organizational Culture, 1948-51

Dr. Melvin G. Deaile

For four decades, Strategic Air Command (SAC) stood out as the organization responsible for deterring the Cold War. From its inception, SAC began to develop its own unique organizational culture commonly known as the “SAC mentality.” The...

Common Sense: Improving the Efficacy of Wide Area Surveillance

Hugh McFadden Jr.

Wide area surveillance (WAS) systems provide a distinctive ability to monitor a significant portion of a threat's physical operating environment. The importance of this capability has driven defense research and acquisition investments toward...

The Rise of IPv6: Benefits and Costs of Transforming Military Cyberspace

Dr. Panayotis A. Yannakogeorgos

Unbeknownst to many people, the fundamental structure of the Internet is changing for the first time in its history with the exhaustion of Internet protocol version four (IPv4) and the transition towards IPv6. The Air Force has a tremendous...

Ricochets and Replies

Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Organizing, Training, and Equipping to Get it Right

Mr. Mike Snelgrove
Capt Jaylan Haley, USAF
Capt Adam B. Young, USAF (response to Snelgrove and Haley)

In the January-February 2015 issue of Air and Space Power Journal, Capt Adam Young in his article "Employing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Organizing, Training, and Equipping to Get It Right,"ť astutely presented a model...


Twenty-First-Century Aerial Mining 

Col Michael W. Pietrucha, USAFR

On 23 September 2014, a B-52H bomber at high altitude north of Guam accomplished an aviation first--the release of a winged, precision aerial mine. This effort marked the first advance in aerial mine-delivery techniques since 1943, demonstrating a...

Reawaken the American Spirit of Innovation in Your Organization 

Col Stephen B. Waller, USAF

This article addresses the importance of reinvigorating the innovative spirit that historically has marked the American people, particularly aviation pioneers. It also provides methods that leaders, organizations, and individuals may use to foster...

Selected Air University Research

Changing the Air Force Narrative 

Capt Roni Yadlin, USAF
Capt Daniel O. Pittner, USAF
Capt Ryan M. McGuire, USAF

The chief of staff of the Air Force presented a question regarding how the Air Force should change its narrative to better resonate with the American people, and Squadron Officer School class 14E's think tank endeavored to answer this question. The...

Professional Military Education for Life (PME4L) 

Capt Ty Swarts, USAF
Mr. Paul McNeil
Capt Rob Oehmke, USAF

Professional military education (PME) is imperative to developing innovative leaders. It provides Airmen the foundational education required for the profession of arms, as well as exposure to new ideas and career fields. Due to PME's importance in...

Book Reviews