The US National Security Strategy Needs Combined Effects

By: Tom Drohan Approximate Reading Time: 17 minutes Excerpt: Strategic leaders blend theoretical and applied thinking to realize goals. Competitive strategy is

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Chicken Little’s Quantum Sky

The term “quantum” has been thrown around in the past few years to mean anything from extremely fast internet to the next wave in computing. The truth is “quantum” can be applied to a variety of technologies; but is all based off the theories of quantum mechanics, or how sub-atomic particles interact and behave. Like Schrödinger’s Cat, this abstract is quantum-based, it both exists and doesn’t exist, until you read it just now.

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Tactics of Strategy and Strategy of Tactics

By: Tom Drohan Approximate Reading Time: 12 minutes Excerpt: Smart competitors are using tactics of strategy to achieve broader-than-military objectives,

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Tackling Tomorrow’s High Value Airborne Assets Anti-Access/Area-Denial Problem – Part Two

In Part One of a two-part series, the author describes the threat that Anti-Access/Area-Denial weapons pose to current Iron Triad operations. Part Two will discuss solutions that use current technology to overcome future capabilities.

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Tackling Tomorrow’s High Value Airborne Assets Anti-Access/Area-Denial Problem – Part One

In Part One of a two-part series, the author describes the threat that Anti-Access/Area-Denial weapons pose to current Iron Triad operations. Part Two will discuss solutions that use current technology to overcome future capabilities.

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An Approachable Look at the Human Domain and Why We Should Care

Within the context of multi-domain operations, the human domain is arguably the most important domain, but it is often the most overlooked. This article proposes implementation of the domain through the use of planning for desired behaviors prior to conflict. It also discusses how Russia views information warfare, their practices, and a case study of its importance in the Crimean Annexation.

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Post-INF Treaty: Likely US Military Outcomes and Implications

What does a Post-INF world look like for the United States? An ensuing arms race is likely, leveraging new tech to counter Russia and China.

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Where does Special Operations fit in the Multi-Domain Operations Discussion?

Understanding Special Operations role in MDO; SOCOM offers an integration model to be replicated, and SOF’s role in a near-peer MDO conflict.

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Uniting the Indo-Pacific under the Strategic Airlift Coalition: A Blueprint for Future Security Assurance

The Pacific Strategic Airlift Coalition (PAC SAC) offers an airpower blueprint for future security assurance in the Indo-Pacific.    

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Information War is the Continuation of Politics by Other Memes: Information, Disinformation, and Social Media as Weapons

The article will analyze how Russia is using social media to generate and spread disinformation to distort facts and divide the US government and society.

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Preparing for the Unpredictable: Accident Management in Great Power Competition

This article identifies the potential of international accidents across domains and identifies factors decision makers must consider before/after an accident.

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Artificial Intelligence: A Non-State Actor’s New Best Friend

An AI application that is being overlooked in the defense community is the potential for non-state actors to use AI to expand their capabilities at a low-cost.

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Decision Maneuver: the Next Revolution in Military Affairs

The next major arena of military competition will likely be information and decision-making, and the U.S. must harness future technology.

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Air Mobility Command’s Future Tanker Problem

The DoD faces a significant crisis in its power projection capability. The ability to execute missions in an A2/AD environment needs to be reevaluated in terms of AAR.

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A Bomber for the Navy

Rather that sending the B-1 Lancer into early retirement, the Department of Defense could transfer it to the Navy for duty as a land-based ship-killer.

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Publicly Available Information: The Secret to Unclassified Data, Part II

This intends to increase awareness of what PAI is, and what it is not, within the Air Force ISR Enterprise and determine its value to enhance our ability to solve problems.

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Publicly Available Information: The Secret to Unclassified Data, Part I

This article focuses on awareness of what PAI is, and what it is not, within the Air Force ISR Enterprise and determine its value to solve our most challenging problems.

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Innovation Madness: Accepting Risk Today to Avoid Defeat Tomorrow

The United States Air Force (USAF) recognizes a need for future innovations as near-peer competitors make rapid advancements in military capabilities. However, the current USAF system does not facilitate keeping up with these competitors. Innovation requires a cultural shift regarding risk acceptability at all levels, starting with leaders. The USAF can facilitate this shift by further addressing regulatory guidance and Professional Military Education programs. Until the USAF as an organization is willing to accept risks and ultimately failures to achieve success, mission impacting innovations will continue to be elusive.

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Outlining the Multi-Domain Operational Concept Part III: Moving Toward Practical Application

Multi-domain theory contains the potential for problem-based—rather than Service-based—solutions, leading to increased options for warfighters and decision-makers while presenting adversaries with increasing dilemmas.
By Jon Bott

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Outlining the Multi-Domain Operational Concept Part II: Evolution of an Idea

It is important to recognize multi-domain operations as an important new operational concept that is more mindset than prescribed method, one that evolves previous thought, and one that itself deserves continued development.
By Jonathan Bott

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Outlining the Multi-Domain Operating Concept

Estimated Reading Time: 7 minutes Editor’s Note: This week we will be republishing a 3-part series focused on the idea

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A paradigm shift in Professional Military Education

Estimated Viewing Time: 2 Mins Thomas Kuhn’s classic The Structure of Scientific Revolutions explains how fields of study are firmly

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Air Force Culture Is Impeding The Space Mission

The culture of the Air Force is defined from the mission statement; to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace. Air has always been the first domain in the mission and the main focus of the Air Force. Considering this cultural mindset, the other two domains in the mission statement will not receive the attention they need until the culture is changed.

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The “Little Friends” of 2030?: The Future of Air Superiority

By: Dr. Heather Venable Estimated Reading Time: 4 Minutes At the beginning of World War II, the Army Air Forces

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Vulnerabilities of Multi-Domain Command and Control (Part 2)

Part 2 of the series focuses on how a peer adversary may leverage cyber, space, and EW threats against command and control capabilities, and how these effects may be mitigated through the distribution of authorities to smaller teams.

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Vulnerabilities of Multi-Domain Command and Control (Part 1)

The concept of assured communications enabling an AOC’s continual SA during a peer fight might not be as easy as it sounds.

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Logistics Agility & Resiliency: Training the Supply Chain

The ability for logisticians to continue for being effective in a future fight will require a wholistic approach to understanding the operational environment and how the supply chain enables operational objectives.

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Intelligence for Quantum Age Learning: Data Visualization & Inquiry of the Information Environment

Data visualization solutions for maintaining a learning advantage in a quantum age of technological & information expansion.

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The Unlikely Prospect of Long-Term Sino-Russian Cooperation: Points of Divergence in the Emerging Security Environment

Can Russia & China expand the current military cooperation into a more in-depth partnership or will long-term trends induce shocks into that relationship driving the two nations apart?

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The Tension in the North

Russia’s annexation of Crimea & involvement in Ukraine has increased tension with its Nordic neighbors. In response, Nordic countries have chosen to engage with NATO. Russia views a potential expansion of NATO as threat. How will Russia respond as the Nordic countries & NATO grow closer?

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Preparing Cyberspace Forces for Warfare in the Information Age

Warfare in the information age is rapidly becoming the cornerstone to the JFC’s scheme of maneuver. The AF needs to take a hard look at how cyber forces are organized, trained, and equipped for the future fight.

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Distilling Clarity: Defining Mission Types and Core Activities in Cyberspace

Cyberspace operations lack specified mission types and core activities to meet the Joint Force Commander’s desired outcomes. In order to give maneuverability back to the joint warfighter the DoD must recognize this paradigm shift within cyber and pair core activities with mission types.

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Time to Revisit the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force

After 17 years of combat fighting global terrorism, Congress needs to uphold its constitutional duty and vote on repealing, replacing, or updating the 2001 AUMF.

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How To Digital Warfare: Target Baby Boomers’ Social Media, Digital Ads, and Phishing • Just Like the Russian GRU

The biggest threat to our nation isn’t terrorist, but how we act online. The risky behavior and how we conduct ourselves online present a threat that is much closer to home. Here are a few tips to protect yourself from those threats

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Attention Engineering: What it is, How it is Used, and Why Warfighters Need it

Attention engineering is the product of two recent historical developments: marketing and the internet. Attention engineering is exacerbated by social media and news outlets and has applications in the emerging security environment for influencing adversary decision-making

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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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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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