Over the Horizon: The Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS)

Dr. Jeff Reilly discusses the need for the Multi Doman Operational Strategist

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Maneuver at Lightspeed: Electromagnetic Spectrum as a Domain

Maneuver at Lightspeed: Electromagnetic Spectrum as a Domain

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The B-2 in the Pacific: A Game of Tiger and Mouse

China’s A2AD strategy presents US planners with a formidable task. A deployment of B-2 stealth bombers could be an adaption to the new threat.

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Weakening Our Supply Chain: Considerations for Dispersed Basing Strategies

Dispersed Operations Strategies will be hindered by Supply Chain limitations. A DoD wide networked supply chain with allied nation participation will alleviate this hindrance by mitigating the current challenge of rapidly sourcing parts.

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What Problem is the US Space Force Trying to Solve: Part 2

These are the final two problems facing the US when it comes to conflict in space. A Space Force can solve these problems, similar to the USAF in 1947.

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What Problem is a US Space Force Trying to Solve?

There are two problems facing the US when it comes to conflict in space. A Space Force can solve these problems, similar to the USAF in 1947.

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Why Military Interventions in Africa Fail

Future American intervention in Africa will need to factor in demographic change and resource scarcity to achieve success.

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Powder Keg of Global Instability

Congolese displacement, disease, encroachment, and extremists combine to create a powder keg of global instability.

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Untethered Operations: Three Views on How to Operationalize It

In near-peer conflicts, operations will trend toward smaller detachment style ops in lieu of current air basing model.

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Overview of Comments from the 2018 AFA Conference

This is an overview of the conversation on what multi domain operations and multi domain C2 continues to define what those terms mean as Airman.

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Command & Control of Tomorrow’s War: Why Decisive Mission Commanders are Key to Multi-Domain Operations

As tactical-level warfare evolves, the emerging security environment will likely drive a level of chaos and friction that has not happened in recent conflicts. To effectively execute MDO in a contested environment, preparing Mission Commanders to act decisively will be essential.

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Ethics in Autonomy

Without a public discourse on autonomy, there might not be anything left worth fighting over.

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China’s New Silk Road vs. America’s Platinum Highway in the Sky

The following are remarks presented by the author at International Space Development Conference in May, 2018.  Approximate Reading time: 8

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The Undersea is a Discrete Operational Domain

The maritime domain as defined by joint doctrine is overly broad in concept and does not accurately capture the opportunities and vulnerabilities presented in the undersea.

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Defining the “Domain” in Multi Domain

A domain is a “Critical macro maneuver space whose access or control is vital to the freedom of action and superiority required by the mission.”

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Multidomain Observing and Orienting: ISR to Meet the Emerging Battlespace: Part II

  Reading Time: 15 Minutes By: Sean A. Atkins Editor’s Note: Today we present part two of a two-part series.

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Multidomain Observing and Orienting: ISR to Meet the Emerging Battlespace

Multidomain Observing and Orienting: ISR to Meet the Emerging Battlespace

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Abstract to Action: Targeted Learning System Theory Applied to Adaptive Flight Training Part 2

Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of a two part series exploring the use of Targeted Learning System Theory to

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Abstract to Action: Targeted Learning System Theory Applied to Adaptive Flight Training Part 1

Can a multi-modal learning system incorporating virtual reality increase pilot training throughput and solve the USAF’s pilot shortage?

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Speed is Life: Why Mach and Maneuverability Dominate in 2030

Next-gen fighters should emphasize speed, maneuverability, and directed energy weapons to preserve US dominance in the air domain.

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Igniting a Cultural Insurgency in the Acquisition Community: Part II

A cultural reform in DOD acquisitions and USAF professional development is critical to timely delivery of capability to the warfighter.

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Igniting a Cultural Insurgency in the Acquisition Community: Part I

A cultural reform in DOD acquisitions is critical to timely delivery of capability to the warfighter.

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#RescueIcarus: A Manifesto for Heroic Innovation

Excerpt: The moral of the myth is not—as we’ve been taught—to value Daedalus’s pragmatism over Icarus’s playfulness, but rather that

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Review Essay: Is “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman an appropriate analogy for Afghanistan?

By Aaron P. Jackson Estimated Reading Time: 14 Mins I first heard of Joe Haldeman’s 1974 book The Forever War

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Swarm Weapons: Demonstrating a Swarm Intelligent Algorithm for Parallel Attack

Swarming weapon systems are feasible for several different concepts of employment in the future fight.

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Maneuver Warfare from the Air Domain (Part II)

Excerpt: Maneuver from the air domain enabled the ground campaign’s rapid advance during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Approximate reading time: 20

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Maneuver Warfare from the Air Domain (Part I)

The Air Domain’s utility in maneuver warfare is underappreciated but has great potential if planned and executed correctly.

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Fighting the Wrong Fight

The US has a problem on her hands, and the emerging answers fail to address the real problem. While military

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Orbital Red Tails: The Use of Escort Satellites to Defend National Intelligence Satellites

Undefended National Intelligence satellites require escort satellites to defend them based on the criticality of their service to national security.

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Now We Can Start to Defend Planet Earth

By: Peter Garretson Excerpt: New research indicates we have the ability to protect the US from asteroid strikes. The question

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Leading Distributed Teams: Theory and Practice (Part 2)

Leaders must purposefully plan how they will engage and conduct business within their own distributed organization by defining each team’s

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Leading Distributed Teams: Theory and Practice (Part 1)

Air Force ISR is regularly executed by geographically-separated teams. New leadership models are required to optimize team performance.

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Podcast: Interview with CMSgt William C. Markham (Retired)

  Podcast: Interview with CMSgt William C. Markham (Retired)   In a contested environment we will need to become less

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OTH Video: Interview with Virgin Galactic’s Kelly Latimer

Our vision is to make space affordable, reliable, and accessible.  Video Length: 15 minutes Editor’s Note: Following her presentation to

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OTH Video: Interview with General William “Willie” Shelton (Retired)

Space is foundational to every military operation and yet we have not postured to adequately defend our satellites.

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“Winning” Complex Wars: The Challenge of Combined Effects Strategy

By: Thomas A. Drohan Winning modern wars requires coordination across government agencies and the private sector. Many think this is

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Avoiding the Early Bird– Innovation in the US Air Force

“The early bird gets the worm. The early worm… gets eaten” – Norm Augustine With support from the highest levels

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Fixing the US Response in the Information Environment

The US is vulnerable to the effects of the information environment, and must adapt by developing a comprehensive information strategy.

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Aquisition Policy Podcast Highlights

Podcast Highlights: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy the Laird-Packard Way   Editor’s Note: OTH sat down with Brian Fredrickson to discuss how

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Podcast: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy the Laird-Packard Way

Lessons learned from the study of David Packard, Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1971, may influence present day acquisition policy.

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The Laird-Packard Way: Unpacking Defense Acquisition Policy

Exploring David Packard’s leadership in defense acquisitions may help guide the path for present day acquisition reform.

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The Future of European Security

This is the text from Tuesday’s European Security podcast. This interview will cover an array of topics, from Brexit and

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NATO Planning and Multi Domain Operations: A German Perspective

A German officer compares the NATO planning process with the ACSC Multi-domain approach.

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Podcast: Future European Security

Two International Officers explain the future state of security in Europe, in light of Brexit, the European Union, and the resurgence of Russia.

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Designing Through Complexity and Human Conflict

Rather than focus on specific or contextual concerns within a single conflict or foreign policy approach, we ought to consider

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OTH Video: Interview with Lt Gen Jeff “Cobra” Harrigian

At the end of the day it’s about killing and surviving. To do that, we’ve got to go faster and think beyond just air, space, and cyber.

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Innovation from the Bottom-Up: How Design Thinking Can Transform the Air Force Culture

Incorporating Silicon Valley’s design thinking methods can revolutionize the way the Department of Defense approaches innovation.

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OTH Video: Interview with Lieutenant General Jay Silveria

The multi domain aspect will never be what we want it to be without the synchronization required to integrate all

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Changing change while it changes: The rise of disruptive military thinking (Part 3)

Militaries need to introduce design education as early as possible; cadets and privates need to experience design.

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Changing change while it changes: The rise of disruptive military thinking (Part 2 of 3)

Military design is about constantly changing, transforming, challenging, and disrupting.

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