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]…

Who Watches the Wasp Keepers?

A Wasp, we are told, is a small, gray machine designed around a microprocessor, a comms link, insectile wings lined with solar cells, and its primary weapon: a toxin-laden stinger. Its sensor package is never entirely divulged, but it includes at least sight, sound, and smell.

Incorporating UAS into the Japan Air Self Defense Force

One of Japan’s most important military modernization efforts is the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) replacement of its F-4 fleet with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Although the F-35 acquisition requires considerable funding, the JASDF also has plans to acquire new tankers and airborne early warning platforms. Furthermore, the JASDF needs to reinforce its intelligence,…

The Civil Drone: Non-Kinetic Applications of Drone Technology

Today, the word “drone” commonly provokes energetic debates – often stemming from the technology’s controversial use in military operations.  Some see drones as precision tools that reduce civilian casualties while eliminating terrorist threats; others see them as extralegal – or even illegal – implements of war.  But while “drone strikes” and the broader military applications…