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Works of technology refer to the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems, methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a preexisting solution to a problem, achieve a goal or perform a specific function. It can also refer to the collection of such tools, machinery, modifications, arrangements and procedures. Technologies significantly affect human as well as other animal species' ability to control and adapt to their natural environments.

 
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Ten Propositions Regarding Spacepower

By: M. V. Smith

Major M. V. Smith’s 'Ten Propositions Regarding Spacepower' is an important contribution to the spacepower literature. Major Smith’s work begins to quench the growing thirst among those seeking to understand elements contributing to spacepower. More importantly, it offers a view of what spacepower will mean for the United States in the coming decades. I believe Ten Propositions Regarding Spacepower will live up to its aim: assisting political leaders, military professio...

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Challenges in the Multipolar Space-Power Environment

By: Matthew M. Schmunk, Capt, USAF; Michael R. Sheets, Capt, USAF

The United States no longer enjoys a near monopoly on space effects. Every week brings news of advances in space technologies by China, Russia, India, European powers, and others. Space, as a strategic medium (and probably a future war-fighting medium), is the ultimate high ground; it is now widely shared and could be hotly contested. Ranging from satellite-based access to Internet services to China’s recent shoot down of one of its own satellites, new capabilities deriv...

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Endgame in the Pacific:Complexity, Strategy, and the B-29

By: G. Scott Gorman

Endgame in the Pacific examines the challenges encountered by XX and XXI Bomber Commands in employing the B-29 against Japan, first from India and China, later from the Marianas. In turn, it examines the adaptations required to meet those challenges.

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The US Response to China’s ASAT Test : An International Security S...

By: Lt Col Anthony J. Mastalir, USAF

Lt Col Anthony Mastalir has done policy makers a welcome service by exploring the enigma wrapped in a conundrum which is Chinese space policy, focusing on the Chinese kinetic energy antisatellite (KE-ASAT) test of January 2007. That test ended a de facto moratorium on KE-ASAT tests which the United States and Russia had observed for over two decades. It also announced the arrival of a new player in strategic space, forcing a reevaluation of US capabilities in space as we...

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The Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion : A Case Study in O...

By: Mark D. Mandeles

The B-52 and Jet Propulsion: A Case Study in Organizational Innovation is a coherent and nonpolemical discussion of the revolution in military affairs, a hot topic in the national security arena. Mark Mandeles examines an interesting topic, how can the military better understand, manage, and evaluate technological development programs. We see Murphy’s Law (anything that can go wrong, will go wrong) in operation. No matter how carefully the military designs, plans, and pr...

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Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine : Basic Thinking in the United States Ai...

By: Robert Frank Futrell

This history seeks to discover and record the mainstream of thought within the United States Air Force (and its predecessors) concerning the role to be played by air and aerospace power in a deadly struggle for national survival . It seeks to trace the development of a theme of institutional thought, describe the organizational framework in which the thinking took place, and identify individual thinkers and their ideas. In great measure this chronology is the story o...

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The Paths of Heaven : The Evolution of Airpower Theory

By: Phillip S. Meilinger
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Does the United States Need Space-Based Weapons?

By: William L. Spacy II

A decision to put weapons in space—or to refrain from doing so—should be based on a firm understanding about what such weapons can be expected to achieve. More specifically since numerous orbital weapons concepts have been advocated as natural evolutions of surface and airborne weapons, it would appear useful to compare those proposed spacebased systems with their terrestrial counterparts. Does the United States Need Space-Based Weapons? by Maj William L. Spacy II eva...

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Synchronizing Airpower and Firepower in the Deep Battle

By: R. Kent Laughbaum

The concept of “deep battle” was formally introduced to US war fighters during the early 1980s through the US Army’s AirLand Battle doctrine. As envisioned by Air Force and Army leaders, the initial purpose for the deep battle was to delay and weaken Soviet second and follow-on echelons during a European conventional war. Within the AirLand Battle construct, the Air Force had responsibility for synchronizing deep operations and for employing air interdiction against So...

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GPS Versus Galileo : Balancing for Position in Space

By: Scott W. Beidleman

This study investigates Europe’s motives to develop the independent satellite navigation system known as Galileo despite the existence of America’s successful global positioning system (GPS). The study begins by analyzing both systems to familiarize the reader with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and to provide an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of GPS and Galileo, as well as the systems’ similarities and differences. Although the two systems h...

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AFRI Research Paper 2008-1, Expansion or Marginalization : How Eff...

By: Edward B. “Mel” Tomme, D. Phil

The importance of combat effects in warfare has no second. However, most combat effects would never be delivered without crucial information delivered from combat support forces. In this time of turbulent recapitalization and reorganization within the Air Force, the critical nature of combat and combat support effects must remain foremost in our decisions as we create new commands, place people and resources where needed, and forecast budgets.

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Architects of American Air Supremacy : Gen. Hap Arnold and Dr. The...

By: Dik A. Daso

"The evolution of American science itself, from empiricism to a more German, theoretical approach to problem solution, is only indirectly addressed through the evolution of airpower. The biographical approach, emphasizing scientific and technological elements in Arnold’s and Kármán’s lives, is essential because the interaction of personalities, as well as their institutions, is inexorably linked to the development of American airpower. The importance of the personalities...

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Airhead Operations : Where AMC Delivers - The Linchpin of Rapid Fo...

By: John L. Cirafici

"Colonel Cirafici provides a clear picture of theater air mobility forces structure, their capabilities, and limitations . He has identified problem areas, and recommended improve ments. Colonel Cirafici has looked to the future and examined how ongoing changes in theater air mobility forces and equipment will increase the combatant commander's options in the theater. The greatest value of his study is to create a clearer understanding of how theater air mobility force...

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Setting the Context : Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses and Joint ...

By: James R. Brungess

"Setting the Context: Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses and Joint War Fighting in an Uncertain World explains why SEAD has changed the basic fabric of air warfare. In discussing the familiar themes of the past and the emerging paradigms of the future, Colonel Brungess weaves a web of changing interrelationships among services, politico-military structures, and research and development strategies, as well as developing a novel methodology for assessing events critical to air power's future."

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Engineering the Space Age : A Rocket Scientist Remembers

By: Lt Col Robert V. Brulle, USAF, Retired

"From my experience in the aviation field, I find that this unique aviation and space history book provides a very realistic view on the use of technology in the aviation and space business as it was conquered during the past half century."

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Future War : An Assessment of Aerospace Campaigns in 2010

By: Jeffery R. Barnett
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Space Power Integration : Perspectives from Space Weapons Officers

By: Kendall K. Brown
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Technology and Military Doctrine

By: I.B. Holley
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Aerospace Power : The Case for Indivisible Application

By: Grover E. Myers
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Aerospace Power in the Twenty-First Century : A Basic Primer

By: Clayton K. S. Chun
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