Chinese Expansionism and the New World Order

China’s rise to power has the same elements as the political paradigm on the eve of World War I. Chinese nationalism combined with military and economic imperialism is a foreboding quandary that US policymakers must solve from a position of strength

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How the Air Force Should Test Autonomous Vehicles Part 2

Part 2 of the conclusion to a series on training and developing autonomous wingmen for future aerial combat.

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How the Air Force should Test Autonomous Vehicles Part 1 of 2

In part 1 of a 2-part series conclusion, Nick Helms discusses foundations and processes for testing and training autonomous air vehicles.

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***OTH Anniversary*** Become the Hydra: Setting Leadership Expectations for Degraded Environments

Editor’s Note: This is one of our favorite articles we wanted to re-post to keep the conversation moving. We will

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***OTH Anniversary*** The Value of a Secret: Secrecy vs Innovation

This OTH Anniversary article takes a look at the need for increased information sharing across programs in order for multi domain operations to be successful.

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IO EFFECTIVENESS

In the latest installment of our Human Domain series, Louis L. Cook examines Information Operations effectiveness in multi-domain operations through a focused look at the offensive and defensive uses of Operations Security (OPSEC).

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***OTH Anniversary*** Looking Beyond Your Service for Multi-Domain Success

Editor’s Note: This is one of our favorite articles we wanted to re-post to keep the conversation moving. We will

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Is Air Force Doctrine Stuck on Artificial Intelligence?

Similar to escorting bombers in WWII, AI could be the paradigm shift the Air Force seeks in a 21st Century Fight. However, traditional mindsets have forced the service into a doctrinal rut, preventing the Service from maximizing this critical capability.

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An Air Force Retreat: Moving Forward Without Space and Cyber C2 Authority

The Air Force should abandon its crusade for primacy outside of the Air Domain and instead advocate for Theater Cyber and Space Component Commands, under their respective Combatant Commands

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Forget “The Frozen Middle”: This mysterious layer of bureaucracy is not an insurmountable obstacle to innovation, even if it did exist.

The frozen middle is a term that we, as the AF, need to move past. Airmen need the courage to try, courage to fail, and the top cover to try again. It isn’t going to be easy or comfortable, but it is necessary.

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Command & Control of ISR in a Contested, Degraded, and Operationally Limited Environment: Ensuring Support to Unit Level Intelligence (Part 2)

Fighting in a contested environment will force a change in how the US prioritizes intel requirements. Consolidating & prioritizing at the local level will the new mantra for success and lethality.

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Command & Control of ISR in a Contested, Degraded, and Operationally Limited Environment: Ensuring Support to Unit Level Intelligence (Part 1)

The modern operational environment will force a change in operations at all levels, to include C4ISR. You can’t command without control. You can’t control without communications.

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Changing change while it changes: The rise of disruptive military thinking (Part 3 of 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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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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Future Wars: A Look at the Air Force’s Ability in a 21st Century Fight

The Air Force is not ready to deter or prevail against a near-peer adversary, to remain competitive in the 21st century fight the service must have a paradigm shift to give maneuverability back to the warfighter.

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Fight Tonight: A Look at the USAF’s Ability to Prevail

The Air Force is ready to deter, and if necessary prevail against a growing near-peer adversary willing to disrupt the international order.

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Modernizing C2 of ISR – Part 2: Breaking ISR’s Industrial Age Chains

Theater-level ISR C2 must be modernized to ensure the Joint Force is prepared for a complex future and can achieve multi-domain success.

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Modernizing ISR C2 Part I: Multi-Domain Maneuver as the Foundation

This is the first article in a multi-part series focused on modernizing Command and Control (C2) of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).

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Russian Military Reorganization: A Step Toward Multi-Domain Operations

Russia’s military reorganization and its operations in Ukraine indicate it is intentionally developing a multi-domain force.

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Observations on the Pursuit of Artificial Intelligence in the DoD

By: Ryan Hilger Reading Time: 9 Minutes In May 2018, President Donald Trump, following several years of fretting over Russian

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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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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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