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The Gettysburg Address

By: Abraham Lincoln; Michael Scherer, performer

The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, considered one of the most well known in American history. It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. Beginning with the now-iconic phrase "Four scor...

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Apollo's Warriors : United States Air Force Special Operations dur...

By: Michael E. Haas

Since our founding 50 years ago, the US Air Force has been responsible to the nation for controlling and exploiting the air and space environment. We are the nation’s Air Force—the only service that provides air and space power across the spectrum, from basic research to combat operations. In Apollo’s Warriors, Col Michael Haas, USAF, Retired, brings to life the critical, albeit little-known, contributions US Air Force special operations forces have made to the exercise of air and space power.

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Mosquitoes to Wolves : The Evolution of the Airborne Forward Air C...

By: Gary Robert Lester

By the end of the Vietnam War, advances in technology allowed these FACs to control strikes against targets at night, in bad weather, and with improved precision. Laser-guided weapons systems, new computer navigation equipment, and advanced ground radars combined to provide an effective and lethal capability. If the Mosquitoes were an annoyance in Korea, the Wolves of Vietnam proved to be a deadly addition to the concept of FAC.

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Security and Peace in the Middle East : Experiments with Democracy...

By: David G. Curdy

In this excellent essay Lt Col David G. Curdy examines the prospects for democratic transitions in the Middle East. He notes that with the conclusion of the cold war, the basis for US Middle East policy, which had centered around oil, Israel, and the Soviet Union, should be reexamined and, perhaps, redesigned.

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Airpower versus Terrorism : Three Case Studies

By: Maj Todd R. Phinney, USAF

This study analyzes the effectiveness of airpower versus terrorism using three case studies.

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AWPD-42 to Instant Thunder : Consistent Evolutionary Thought or Re...

By: James R. Cody

This study analyzes the air war plans in World War II and the Persian Gulf War. The goal of this study is to ascertain whether there is a continuity of thought reflected in American air planning over the years. This study assesses Air War Plans Division–1/42 and Instant Thunder as to their importance to contemporary airpower theory. This study concludes that there is a continuity of thought reflected in major air plans, particularly in the issues of strategic bombing, p...

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Outsourcing the Air Force Mission : A Strategy for Success

By: William G. Palmby

Col William Palmby’s award-winning study, Outsourcing the Air Force Mission: A Strategy for Success, explores how the Air Force must adjust to this new reality of a world where the state no longer possesses a monopoly on war. He reviews the history and driving forces that have led to increased outsourcing by the Air Force, finding that while it may be the most dominant such force in history, the range of roles turned over to the private market means that private compan...

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The Machinery of Government Needs A Tune-Up : Lessons for the US N...

By: Col Chad T. Manske, USAF

Air Force colonel Chad Manske traces the roots of the NSC to its organizational prototype—the British Committee of Imperial Defence. By comparing these institutions, their functions, purposes, leadership, and assessing how each changed over time, we gain an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of these different approaches to policy development. Colonel Manske successfully draws on comparative historical experience to make sound recommendations for strengtheni...

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Following the Flag : An Air Force Officer Provides an Eyewitness V...

By: Lt. Gen. Lloyd R. “Dick” Leavitt, USAF, Retired

The years from 1947 through the beginning of the twenty first century witnessed the USAF steadily progress until it became the preeminent air force in the world. With less than 400,000 active duty personnel, the USAF has capabilities and tasks today that were not imaginable six decades ago. The World War II legacy from the Army Air Forces, epitomized in the familiar Air Force song lyrics “off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sky!” is not forgotten....

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A Need to Know : The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Plann...

By: John T. Farquhar

At first glance, strategic aerial reconnaissance appears to be a mere technical tool. The term refers to the use of aircraft to collect strategic intelligence using photographic or electronic means. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), strategic intelligence refers to “intelligence that is required for the formation of policy and military plans at national and international levels.” Strategic intelligence includes information provided by sources other than air...

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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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Interagency Fratricide : Policy Failures in the Persian Gulf and B...

By: Vicki J. Rast

Interagency Fratricide: Policy Failures in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia provides a comprehensive analysis of the factors that affected both interagency processes and policy outcomes during the Persian Gulf War (1990–91) and the early stages of the Bosnia crisis (1993–95). Going one-on-one with members of Washington’s policy elite who were involved directly in these two cases, the author demonstrates that the US government’s approach to termination policy proved fragmen...

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Thunder and Lightning : Desert Storm and the Airpower Debates

By: Edward C. Mann III
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The World Wide Military Command and Control System : Evolution and...

By: David E. Pearson
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Airpower and the Ground War in Vietnam : Ideas and Actions

By: Donald J. Mrozek
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Rise of the Fighter Generals : The Problem of Air Force Leadership...

By: Mike Worden
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Archie to SAM : A Short Operational History of Ground-Based Air De...

By: Kenneth P. Werrell
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The Foundations of US Air Doctrine : The Problem of Friction in War

By: Barry D. Watts
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Setup : What the Air Force Did in Vietnam and Why

By: Earl H. Tilford Jr.
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The Praetorian Starship : The Untold Story of the Combat Talon

By: Jerry L. Thigpen
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