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…

F-22A Raptor Demonstration Team Prepares for Launch (USAF Photo, SrA Christopher L. Ingersoll)

Airmindedness

Too often our air forces are over-identified with “things”—airplanes, mission sets, or various technologies.  This misses the key reason why our nations have independent air forces.  It is not about tools—it is about the unique way in which independent air force Airmen provide our respective nation’s leaders with effective, efficient policy options that are only…

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…