Is Intentional Sponsorship the Answer to Increasing Air Force Senior Leadership Diversity?

Intentional sponsorship may be a key factor in diversifying Air Force senior leadership. By Caitlin Thorn Approximate reading time: 5

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Lead, Think, and Communicate: Embracing Air Force Intelligence Officer Agility and Versatility

Air Force ISR is comprised of military professionals. We must train to think, lead, and communicate to be effective in future wars.

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Building Critical Thinkers To Win Tomorrow’s Wars: Changing The Training Paradigm

Air Force ISR is now a globally integrated enterprise. We must continue to focus on building critical thinkers to take us into the future.

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It’s time to take the human domain seriously. USCYBERCOM is our chance.

USCYBERCOM presents an opportunity to effectively implement human domain forces in a high-threat, resource constrained environment. Estimated Reading Time: 5

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Quanta of Competition: Quantum Mechanics, Multi-Domain Battle, and the Gray Zone (Part II)

The principles of quantum physics drive a deeper understanding of conflict through analysis of interactions of the elements of competition.

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Quanta of Competition: Quantum Mechanics, Multi-Domain Battle, and the Gray Zone (Part I)

Thinking about conflict in terms of quantum mechanics rather than Newtonian physics will produce more comprehensive grand strategy.

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Reflecting on Air Force Leadership & Diversity – Three Years Later

The Air Force must become more diverse in its highest leadership positions to overcome the challenges of modern warfare.

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Future Shocks: The Coming Oil and Water Wars

Adaptive political institutions are critical for success in the future environment. The intersections of poor governance and environmental shocks are the hot spots of the future.

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Great Captains: the Timeless Lessons of the Artist, the ‘Engineer of the Occasion’ and the Adjudicator

An effective leader accepts, without hesitation, to shoulder the responsibility to decide and accept underlying risks.

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Power Competition: The Dynamic Evolution of Public Affairs

In the midst of exponential technological advancement, military communicators must also evolve. To better leverage the power of information, the

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Leaving “America’s Pastime” of Joint Operations for Multidomain: A Sports Analogy

The evolution from joint to multidomain requires a shift toward a more team oriented culture among peer officers.

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The Cyber (EMS) Offset

Cognitive computing may have significant implications for future cyber and multi-domain operations.

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Making Ideas Into Reality and the Future of R&D

MIT’s Media Lab produces cutting edge technology by allowing students and faculty to pursue innovative research projects without the burden

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Duelling Algorithms: Using Artificial Intelligence in Warfighting

Examining the dichotomy of AI employment in warfare-“Do things better?” or “Do better things?”-and other implementation challenges.

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Social Media and the Arab Spring

Social media alone did not create the Arab Spring social movements, but access to it affected achievement of political concessions.

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Does cyber deterrence exist?

What are the US options if cyber deterrence is an intractable idea? Jake Bebber has a few ideas.

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Podcast 6 – Future African Security

FRANKY Matisek joins Sean and special guests from Burkina Faso and Botswana to discuss where African security is headed.

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OTH Video: Beyond the Theory – A Framework for Multi-Domain Operations

In the future operating environment, to successfully deter and defeat our adversaries, we must better understand how the domains interact and their basic principles.

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Strategic Design: Compiled

This article is an out of cycle publication in order to consolidate three previously published articles on Strategic Design.  The introduction makes the case for a “whole of community” approach to strategy and policy development, and parts I & II present the structural elements of Strategic Design.

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Seven Stories for Seven Tribes: Part II

The US Air Force should adopt a new officer management construct in order to recruit, retain, develop, and promote the best talent in the 21st century. (Part 2 of 2)

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Seven Stories for Seven Tribes

The US Air Force should adopt a new officer management construct in order to recruit, retain, develop, and promote the best talent in the 21st century.

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OTH Video Primer 2: Reality of Hypersonic Weapons

Reality of Hypersonic Weapons: Lt Col Anderson explains the basics of hypersonics and implications for this technology for use in the future security environment.

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Interview with Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan: Part 2

Excerpt: In an interview, Lt Gen Jack Shanahan shares his vision for the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning

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Interview with Lieutenant General Jack Shanahan: Part 1

In an interview, Lt Gen Jack Shanahan shares his insights on the future implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Contested Skies: Our Uncertain Air Superiority Future

Western air power has traditionally dominated the skies. In the future, we need to be able to counter potential adversaries’ use of the air.

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Information Operations in a Multi-Domain Operations Battlespace

Emphasizing information operations in multi-domain operations elevates multi-domain ops and integrated warfare

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21st Century Strategic Deterrence: “Beyond Nuclear”

The U.S. needs to start writing the guidelines for 21st century strategic deterrence, focusing on methods beyond nuclear options.

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Exploiting the Time Dimension

Exploiting the time dimension may prove to be a critical asymmetrical means in achieving military superiority in the next two decades.

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An Acquisition Offset: Exploiting the Time Dimension

Accepting increased product and process risk is necessary to facilitate the faster acquisitions timelines the future operating environment demands.

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Defense Acquisition: The System Is Our Battlefield

The acquisition process is built for peacetime and is hindering US ability to rapidly develop and deliver technologies to the warfighter.

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Strategy to Task Acquisitions

The defense acquisition system fails to deliver on the promise of equipping the warfighters with an advantage over the enemy.

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Strategic Design Part II

Strategic design is not a strategy cure all, it is a means by which to go far beyond ill structured brain storming sessions and tactically rigid joint planning.

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Strategic Design Part I

Strategic design is a constructivist model focused on developing schemata to explore complex problem sets involving grand strategy and policy.

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Introduction to Strategic Design

A strategic design framework may be the point of origin for fostering “whole of community” solutions.

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Airpower: An Enabler Offering Strategic Opportunities The Force of Flexibility, Synergistic Effects and Versatility

The strategic value of airpower admittedly depends on the conditions of every special case as it occurs, yet steadily increases in significance when combined with other arms across the domains and across the levels of war.

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Cross-Domain Network Engagement: Partnering, Engaging and Countering Activities for Human-Machine Networks

In the future, advanced human-machine collaborative networks will engage friendly, neutral and enemy networks across a spectrum of conflict.

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Multi-Domain Operations at the Strategic Level

The recent NSS and NDS elevate multi-domain ops to the forefront of US national strategy. The upcoming NMS must capitalize on this framework.

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Lt Gen Deptula Remarks – OTH Speaker Series – Aerospace Power in an Age of Uncertainty

Retired Lt Gen David Deptula shares his thoughts on the future of warfare-in particular, aerospace power in an age of uncertainty.

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OTH Video Interview with Gen Jay Raymond, Commander Air Force Space Command

General Jay Raymond discusses space as a warfighting domain and what the historic Falcon Heavy launch means for the military

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OTH Commentary: The Future of Space

In the wake of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch, OTH sat down with General Raymond, Commander, Air Force Space Command. Preview his interview here.

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Swarming Intelligence: Concept to Reality

Two decades of swarming optimization research lay the groundwork for the development of physical swarming techniques.

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Application of Autonomy: Swarming Systems Implications for Design, Processes, and Policy of Swarming Weapon Systems

Delivery of swarming systems to the warfighter will not be hindered by the technology development, but rather the processes and procedures in which to implement this technology.

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DROP ZONE: The Rise of the Machines

Although the machines have not taken over, swarms offer a solution to the problem of accessing contested areas and destroying challenging target sets.

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Math Wars: The Myths of Quantitative Analysis

Quantitative analysis is a powerful tool, but it will never precisely solve the riddle of warfare despite repeated promises to the contrary.

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Podcast 5 – Designing Future Security: An International Roundtable on the Military Design Movement

In OTH’s fifth podcast, Ben Zweibelson connects an international group of scholars and practitioners of design from Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Australia, and India to discuss: the military design movement.

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Drop Zone: Security by Design

In this upcoming week, OTH will turn its attention to design-thinking, featuring an article from Dr. Jeff Reilly and OTH’s fifth podcast!

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Geopolitical Future of the South Caucasus

In the next five to ten years, the South Caucasus region will face a growing increase of Russian influence while witnessing a decrease in Western involvement.

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The Future of The French Air Force: A Future Combat Air System as a Strategy to Counter Access Denial

By 2030, France is committed to design a Future Combat Air System (FCAS) to overcome the ever-growing contest of Western air supremacy around the world. Ultimately, the FCAS has no other ambition than to preserve France’s capability for ‘first entry’ options.

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OTH Video PRIMER 1: The Human Domain

OTH’s own, Major Julie Janson, provides a short primer on the Human Domain as the first entry in OTH’s newly developed primer series.

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Multi-Domain Operations Security

OPSEC is one of many information related capabilities that must evolve in the next few years to ensure our military protects its future critical information.

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