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The Illusion of being connected
Gen Stanley McChrystal

Featured Research

    The Achievable Multinational Cyber Treaty
Strengthening Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure


Developing cyber norms and institutions has been problematic due to the competing interests of the major state actors in the multinational environment—especially among Russia, China, and the United States—concerning information freedom and access. The author establishes the genesis of this debate and argues that the United States should move beyond it to the issue of protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attack. Addressing the escalating threats to our nation’s infrastructure and networks, the author recommends pursuing an international agreement singularly focused on securing critical infrastructure combined with improving national regulatory and legislative measures for cyber defense.

 

Fast Space: Leveraging Ultra Low-Cost Space Access for 21st Century Challenges

This study, conducted by a team of leaders in industry, research and development, finance, policy and strategy, explores whether and how the USAF can form private sector partnerships to create a virtuous cycle of launch cost reductions of between 3 and 10 times lower than today’s costs. Doing so could enable completely new approaches for the Air Force to defend American values, protect American interests, and enhance opportunities to exploit the unique global advantages of the ultimate high ground.

  Social Media
The Fastest Growing Vulnerability to the Air Force Mission


The inherent risks and vulnerabilities of the Internet and social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter have cultivated a rich and ripe environment for foreign adversaries and criminals to cherry-pick personal information about Airmen and their missions for nefarious activities. FBI guidance encourages users to reduce their online footprint in cyberspace rather to proliferate it. This paper addresses some of the most common threats and vulnerabilities of the social media environment, the risks of using social media, and current Air Force social media guidance. It recommends revising Air Force social media guidance and outlines cyberspace best practices. An informed workforce can better protect the Air Force mission and reduce the risk of becoming a target of opportunity.


Professional Journals & Publications

  • Stratgic Studies Quarterly (SSQ)

     


    Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ) the strategic journal of the United States Air Force, fostering intellectual enrichment for national and international security professionals. SSQ provides a forum for critically examining, informing, and debating, national and international security matters. 

    Contributions to SSQ will explore strategic issues of current and continuing interest to the USAF, the larger defense community, and our international partners. 

     

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  • Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ)
     The Air and Space Power Journal (ASPJ) is the US Air Force’s (USAF) professional peer-reviewed journal and the leading forum for airpower thought and dialogue. ASPJ seeks to foster intellectual discussion and debate among air, space, and cyber power leaders, both domestically and internationally. 


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  • AU Press
       
    Air University Press was chartered to publish significant contributions of research and scholarship in the Air University, the USAF, and other sources . . . [and] to enhance the academic prestige and support the accreditation of the Air University.

    Since 1953, it has edited, published, and distributed over 1.1 million student papers, curriculum texts, faculty research pieces, journals, and scholarly books to further airpower thought critical to the intellectual growth of the Air Force. AU Press is the preeminent press for airpower-related publishing.
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