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Background: The U.S. Air Force Academy is an undergraduate institution that educates and trains
cadets for military service. Following the arrival of 1376 basic cadet trainees in June 2009, surveillance
revealed an increase in cadets presenting with respiratory illness. Specimens from ill cadets tested
positive for novel influenza A (H1N1 [nH1N1])–specifıc ribonucleic acid (RNA) by real-time reverse
transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction.
The U.S. Air Force (USAF) needs accurate models to develop retention policies that ensure the force has a sufficient number of experienced officers to meet current and future requirements. The dynamic retention model (DRM) can be used to take into account the effect of the availability of multi-year contracts to certain classes of
The U.S. Air Force, like the other services, is transforming itself into a
new type of force with capabilities appropriate for an emerging array of
new threats. The Air Force roadmap for transformation, part of the U.S.
Air Force Transformation Flight Plan,1 describes the desired new capabilities,
and it is readily seen that advances in information science and technology
(IS&T) underpin most of them. For example, the three main new
capabilities are information superiority, precision targeting (or strike), and
improved battlespace awareness...
Generating and projecting aerospace power in the 21st century are technologically complex, requiring a myriad of different skills. Recruiting, training, and retaining people with the necessary mix of skills are major challenges for the U.S. Air Force
Based on large-scale trends regarding Air Force planning over the 25 years from fiscal years 1962 to 1986, this report compares inputs — in the form of defense resources — with posture outputs — such as alert strategic warheads, tactical fighter squadrons, airlift ton-mile potential, etc. After examining important trends in Department of Defense and Air Force budgets, the author ......
This report seeks to promote discussion of the way the Air Force develops its weapon systems, manages its support resources, and conducts its wartime logistics operations. It describes the enemy threat facing the Tactical Air Forces in the next several decades, how that threat affects the combat environments within which those forces will have to operate, how those environments should shape force ......
Since the advent of the all-volunteer force, the U.S. Air Force has struggled with how best to attract and retain physicians and dentists. Both populations have declined in recent years. Multiyear Special Pay (MSP) is intended to keep physicians and dentists in the Air Force after their initial service obligations have expired.
The goal of the defense budget is to deliver a portfolio of capabilities to meet a spectrum of uncertain future security environments. Despite progress in recent U.S. Air Force capabilities-based programming efforts, many limitations persist, and there are many disconnects between capability assessments and programming.
Continuing trends toward military, political, economic, and social decline in Russia threaten the interests of the United States and its allies. Moscow’s capacity to govern is called into question by increasing crime and corruption (and by political and economic regionalization). Both the military nuclear arsenal and the civilian nuclear power sector present risks of materials theft or diversion, as well as of tragic accident. An increasingly aging and ailing population bodes ill for Russia’s future. Reversing the country’s economic decline and rebuilding an effective militar...
This report documents the exceptional cross-service harmony that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have steadily developed in their conduct of integrated strike operations since the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. That close harmony contrasts sharply with the situation that prevailed throughout most of the Cold War, when the two
To help the U.S. Air Force identify potential interoperability problems that might arise in NATO alliance operations or U.S.–allied coalition operations with NATO allies over the next decade, and to suggest nonmateriel and technology-based solution directions to mitigate any identified potential shortfalls, this report provides background information used in a larger Project AIR FORCE study entitled Interoperability
In the years to come, the effectiveness of the Expeditionary Aerospace Force (EAF) — which organizes the U.S. Air Force to respond rapidly and efficiently to national security threats — will pivot largely on the support system that underlies it, termed the Agile Combat Support (ACS) system. One key component of the ACS system is the electronic countermeasure (ECM) pod system. According......
The enactment of the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 (Public
Law 111-23) and the recent revision of Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02
have served to highlight the complexity of the Department of Defense acquisition
process.1 This report serves as a follow-on study to the 2008 National Research
Council (NRC) report Pre-Milestone A and Early-Phase Systems Engineering: A
Retrospective Review and Benefits for Future Air Force Systems Acquisition, which
emphasized the role of systems engineering in the acquisition life cycle.
Aerospace power has become the archetypal expression of the U.S. ability to project force in the modern world. Throughout the world, U.S. aerospace power—and thus, the U.S. Air Force (USAF)—plays a critical, and often primary, role in securing U.S. interests, in promoting American values, and in protecting human rights. While the USAF has had significant success in employing aerospace power in the recent past, emerging trends in international relations, in technology, and in our own domestic society will create a wide variety of new challenges and new opportunities for U.S....
Manpower end-strength reductions of active duty personnel in the U.S. Air Force are making it more difficult to support the air and space expeditionary force construct using current force employment practices. The Air National Guard (ANG), however, will not undergo significant manpower reductions but will be affected by plans
Air liaison officers (ALOs) play an important interservice role as U.S. Air Force officers collocated with U.S. Army units, providing air-ground support and advising ground commanders on related issues. Under the current system, ALO duty is restricted to career aviators, and this approach seems to meet all the requirements of both services. However, there are compelling reasons for the Air Force to consider a dedicated ALO career field,
Military academies aim to educate for leadership. As a nation, we hope that
even those graduates who do not serve full careers in the military will eventually
assume positions of leadership in other institutions. The essays in this volume
are a complete collection of the distinguished lectures in ethics given at
the U.S. Air Force Academy from the fall of 1988 to the spring of 1999.