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Forward Arming and Refueling Points for Fighter Aircraft

Date Posted:  10/6/2014

This article examines a new concept for dispersed operations that allows fighter aircraft to operate from any airfield with a suitable runway. Furthermore, it does not require infrastructure at the dispersed location and results in significant operational and strategic effects....

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The Asia-Pacific Century by Dr. Adam Lowther

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

The Asia-Pacific Century-This work looks to the future of the Asia-Pacific and examines a broad range of questions that focus on diplomatic, economic, and military challenges facing the region’s key players, with a particular focus on their relevance to the US military. In the last 15 years, many other forward looking studies have come to the same conclusion. The Air Force 2025 study concluded that among the possible outcomes before 2030 was ...

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Measuring Military Power

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

There is an unprecedented need for tools that provide a transparent, standardized assessment of US military power over time- a common baseline that describes how much hard power the United States actually has in relation to its vital interests would help discipline the defense sufficiency discussion. The first challenge in grading “military power” is to ask if it can be effectively measured. A second issue will be deciding what to mea...


Democracy and Deterrence: Foundations for an Enduring World Peace

Democracy and Deterrence: Foundations for an Enduring World Peace by Dr. Walter Gary Sharp Sr. Air University Press, 2008, 290 pp., $24.00.

Democracy and Deterrence is an edited version of Dr. Sharp’s dissertation in juridical science at the University of Virginia School of Law. Though organized in the style of a dissertation, the book is quite readable, even for a newcomer to the subject. In the initial chapters, the author reviews various theories on “democratic peace,” notably those of Rudy Rummel, emeritus professor at the University of Hawaii and one of the earliest and most prolific authors on the subject, and of Sharp’s own academic adviser, Prof. John Norton Moore, who developed the incentive theory of war avoida... Read Full Review