Innovation in the USAF

The US Army, the US Navy and the US Marine Corps each possess an aviation component to meet their organic requirements, but only the USAF has the full range of offensive, defensive and support capabilities to act in the air, in space and in cyberspace. It carries out five core missions: air and space superiority;…

How to Defeat the Islamic State

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter’s recent remarks on the efficacy of Iraq’s army reflect the fact that, despite years of training by thousands of U.S. and coalition forces, the army has not been able to halt Islamic State aggression. What makes anyone think that a few more months of similar training will yield success?

The DNA of Airpower

Sharing a rich history and close friendship, the French Air Force, Royal Air Force and United States Air Force signed a Tri-Lateral Strategic Initiative Charter in 2013. The Charter was intended to aggregate the world’s pre-eminent airpowers into “three air forces capable of rapid, cohesive and effective coalition operations across the full spectrum of conflict.”[1]…

On the Fluid Identity of Airpower

One of the most interesting ideas in French military historian Laurent Henninger’s theory of fluid and solid spaces is its relationship to air operations. This relationship has significant consequences for not only the theory itself, but also on airpower concepts which play such a specific role in the use of military force. Airpower’s main characteristic…

Leading Edge: A Platform for Airpower Discussion

One of the most vexing strategic problems facing airmen is how to succinctly articulate their inherent value to national policy and military strategy.  In the battle of narratives and enduring strategic discussions, Airpower’s single most significant capability is still too often understated if not underestimated:  the ability to break from the surface of the earth to furnish…