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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Radicalization of British Muslim Youth

British Muslim youth are more susceptible to radicalization then their non-Muslim counterparts due to socioeconomic adversity Approximate reading time: 3

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Changing change while it changes: The rise of disruptive military thinking (Part 1 of 3)

Many of the seemingly successful mechanical planning processes of the last two centuries are now holding us back

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The Last Days of Putin

Although the US should strive for less confrontational relations with Russia, it may be too late to salvage relations with Putin.

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Russia-US Relationship: A Round Table Discussion

Approximate reading time: 20 minutes Editor’s Note: OTH sat down with three professors from Air University to discuss the Russia-US

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Podcast: Russian Strategy and Russia-US Relations

Three professors from Air University sit down to discuss the Russia-US relationship from a strategy and policy perspective. Welcome to

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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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