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Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, commander, 24th Air Force, hosted twelve Air Chiefs and their assistants from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at JBSA-Lackland 22 Sep.  The NATO guests included General Officers from Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. United States Air Force Senior Leaders that accompanied the NATO Air Chiefs included General Tod Wolters, commander, United States Air Forces Europe and Africa, Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, and Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command. Maj. Gen. Weggeman briefed the group on current Air Force cyber initiatives and operations, while Maj. Gen. B.J. Schwedo, commander, 25th Air Force, briefed the distinguished visitors on United States Air Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance operations and support activities (US Air Force photos by MSgt Rene Ochoa). Assuring the USAF Core Missions in the Information Age
As we progress from the industrial age to the information age, the US Air Force must come to terms with defending our nation by executing its core missions in and through the cyberspace domain. The ubiquitous nature of cyberspace (which goes beyond networks and laptops and is now surging into aircraft, satellites, trucks, and ICBMs), as well as its
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2016
Engaging in discussions about command and control in the joint world. Command and Control of Joint Air Operations through Mission Command
To command and control (C2) joint air operations effectively in a contested and degraded environment, the US Air Force and joint community must instill the concepts and principles of mission command in their culture. To do so, operational- and tactical-level commanders should build a vital foundation of trust. The operational-level commanders have
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2016
A U.S. Air Force B -2 Spirit aircraft deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., launches from the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Aug. 12, 2016. Thanks to its subsonic speeds and its nearly 7,000 mile unrefueled range, the B-2 Spirit is capable of bringing massive firepower, in a short time, anywhere on the globe through the most challenging defenses. (U.S. Air force photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks) Conventional Arms and Nuclear Peace
What many in the arms control community fail to appreciate, understand, or adequately analyze is how conventional force imbalances play into a state’s security dilemma. Conventional arms imbalances generally— and US conventional military superiority specifically—are as much potential drivers of nuclear proliferation and geostrategic instability as
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2017
Command and Control. INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT TO JOINT TARGETING IN THE A2/AD ENVIRONMENT
According to the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) published by the United States Department of Defense in 2012, “Events of recent decades have demonstrated the decisive results U.S. joint forces can achieve when allowed to flow combat power into an operational area unimpeded...and U.S. operational access during that period was essentially
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2016
A U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer assigned to the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., takes off during Exercise Valiant Shield at Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 14, 2016. Valiant Shield is a biennial U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps exercise held in Guam, focusing on real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces at sea, in the air, on land and in cyberspace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger) It is still 3 minutes to midnight
  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by Iran and six world powers has the potential to advance dramatically nuclear disarmament efforts in the Middle East and serve as a precedent for global disarmament, if all parties adhere to its terms. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference agreement brought together
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2016
The Integrated Cyber and Electronic Warfare, or ICE, program at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center or CERDEC, looks to leverage cyber and electronic warfare capabilities like those on display at DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge as an integrated system to increase a commander's situational awareness. CERDEC is focusing its science and technology efforts on researching solutions to address specific cyber and electronic warfare threats and developing the architecture onto which scientists and engineers can rapidly develop and integrate new more capable solutions. U.S. Army illustration Nuclear Deterrence in Cyber-ia: Challenges and Controversies
Although nuclear and cyber issues might seem to belong in separate compartments, current US military activity and prospective challenges suggest that “nuclear” and “cyber” topics may achieve certain congruities. For its success, nuclear deterrence requires secure networks for the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence,
0 10/18
2016
Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, commander, 24th Air Force, hosted twelve Air Chiefs and their assistants from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at JBSA-Lackland 22 Sep.  The NATO guests included General Officers from Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. United States Air Force Senior Leaders that accompanied the NATO Air Chiefs included General Tod Wolters, commander, United States Air Forces Europe and Africa, Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, and Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command. Maj. Gen. Weggeman briefed the group on current Air Force cyber initiatives and operations, while Maj. Gen. B.J. Schwedo, commander, 25th Air Force, briefed the distinguished visitors on United States Air Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance operations and support activities (US Air Force photos by MSgt Rene Ochoa). Nuclear Proliferation in the Twenty-First Century: Realism, Rationality, or Uncertainty?
Whether the spread of nuclear weapons in the twenty-first century should be feared or welcomed has been the subject of considerable debate. Much of this debate presumes the explanatory and predictive power of realist international system theories (realism) and rational deterrence theory (rational deterrence). Although these bodies of thought offer
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2017
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks to Airmen at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., during a town hall event July 20, 2016. This is the first town hall Goldfein has hosted since being sworn in as the chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux) Revitalize the Squadron
While building the next generation vision for what squadrons should look like CSAF, Gen David Goldfein assembles a team of Air Force generals to forumulate the 21st Century Squadron.   “I believe that it is the squadron level where we succeed or fail as an Air Force,” Goldfein said. “It’s where our culture resides. It’s where airmen are developed,
0 11/18
2016
An artist's concept of the Air Force Research Laboratory/Boeing X-51A during flight. The X-51 WaveRider is an unmanned research scramjet for hypersonic flight. The X-51 program was a cooperative effort by the Air Force, the Defense Advanced Research Agency, NASA, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. The program was managed by the Aerospace Systems Directorate in the Air Force Research Laboratory. X-51 technology will be used in the AFRL's high-speed strike weapon, a Mach 5-plus missile that's scheduled to enter service in the mid-2020s. Strategic Flexibility to Deter in the Asia-Pacific
Rather than a pre–Cold War model of bilateral defense agreements supported by relatively large footprints of permanent forward military presence, a US defense posture favoring strategic flexibility should act as a greater deterrent to regional actors by reducing predictability and providing political leaders a greater range of responsive options. 
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2016
An A-10 Thunderbolt II from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., flies by in a show of force demonstration, June 13, 2016, in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during RED FLAG-Alaska 16-2. The A-10 was designed for close-in support of ground troops, close air support and providing quick-action support for troops against helicopters, vehicles and ground troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor/Released) The Best Aircraft for Close Air Support in the Twenty-First Century
Senior Air Force officials have announced that retiring the A-10 will save $4.2 billion and will justify spending nearly $400 billion on the F-35 program. The F-35, the Department of Defense's newest multirole fighter, is being groomed to replace legacy fighter aircraft, including the A-10. Designed as a dedicated air-to-ground platform, the A-10
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2016
An F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing shakes hands with a tactical aircraft maintainer assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during an aircraft evacuation at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 6, 2016. Forty-eight F-16s were evacuated from Shaw in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, which hit South Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado) The Labor Pool Model: Effectively Managing Aircrew in Today’s Air Force
Our Air Force is under tremendous manpower pressures, especially regarding our combat aircrew. Deployments are at an all time high. Pilot training units are graduating many new pilots that units must absorb. Since flying training units (FTU) must train these pilots, less programmed flying training (PFT) is available for critically needed instructor
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2016
Maj. Gen. Chris Weggeman, commander, 24th Air Force, hosted twelve Air Chiefs and their assistants from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) at JBSA-Lackland 22 Sep.  The NATO guests included General Officers from Albania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. United States Air Force Senior Leaders that accompanied the NATO Air Chiefs included General Tod Wolters, commander, United States Air Forces Europe and Africa, Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, and Brigadier General Kevin Huyck, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, NATO Headquarters Allied Air Command. Maj. Gen. Weggeman briefed the group on current Air Force cyber initiatives and operations, while Maj. Gen. B.J. Schwedo, commander, 25th Air Force, briefed the distinguished visitors on United States Air Force Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance operations and support activities (US Air Force photos by MSgt Rene Ochoa). The war you can’t see: U.S. cyber warriors protect us from daily attacks
On any given day, the Defense Information Systems Agency contends day with 800 million cyber incidents “that threaten the network,” said Lt. Col. James Brindle, a Pentagon spokesman. In an inner layer of cyber defense, the Air Force blocked 1.3 billion “malicious” cyber intrusions last year alone, said Lt. Col. Mark Reith, CCR director at the Air
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2017
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