National Interest – James Holmes writes that Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. is a wrecker and a builder. The new U.S. Air Force chief of staff wants to uproot post-Cold War attitudes toward air warfare—attitudes premised on everlasting U.S. air supremacy—and implant a mindset premised on competitive entrepreneurship. Can he succeed?
– Forbes – Stratospheric balloons may solve one of the U.S. military’s thorniest problems: gathering intelligence in ‘Anti-Access and Area Denial’ environments, places where the defenses are too dangerous for aircraft to approach.
– National Interest – James Holmes writes that it will take more than a lone bomber mission from afar—no matter how impressive—to rattle Moscow’s complacency.
– Military.com – The Air Force’s B-1B Lancer bomber is about to move front and center in the U.S. military’s power-projection mission in the Pacific.
– War Zone – In what is a massive milestone for Boeing and potentially for unmanned aerial combat systems as a whole, the company officially rolled out the first of three pre-production unmanned teaming aircraft, which is the central component of a total system called the Airpower Teaming System.
– Air Force – Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. spoke with Editorial Director John A. Tirpak on Sept. 3 about the challenges of operating in the Pacific Theater, deterring China and Russia, a new force dispersal strategy, and lines of responsibility between regional commands.
– Air Force – Airpower can counter naval threats in the Asia-Pacific.
– New York Times Magazine – The new weapons — which could travel at more than 15 times the speed of sound with terrifying accuracy — threaten to change the nature of warfare.
– New York Times Magazine – Even soldiers who fight wars from a safe distance have found themselves traumatized. Could their injuries be moral ones?
– Global Guerrillas – The Russians have been using drone swarms against the Ukrainians to good effect (blowing up ammo dumps). Here’s one being used against a Russian base on the coast of Syria.
– War Zone – It seems that the age of drone swarms has arrived, and that’s a terrifying reality to comprehend.
– Boing Boing – How twenty-three innocent Afghani civilians were wiped out by self-deceiving drone operators seven and a half thousand miles away. An excerpt from Andrew Cockburn’s new book, Kill Chain.
– Air Force – China’s air base hardening efforts stand in stark contrast to America’s.
– Air Force – Airmen are working to overcome rising threats to their networks and runways.
– War on the Rocks – Very interesting article by T.X. Hammes on the current state of unmanned aerial vehicles and how the United States’ enemies may obtain and use them, and how they make high cost US defense assets very vulnerable.
– The Atlantic – Mark Bowden on how to think about drones.
– Wired – An interesting look at the contributions amateurs are making to the field of unmanned aerial vehicles.
– Daily Telegraph – The unmanned aircraft patrolling the skies above Afghanistan are controlled by RAF pilots sitting in front of screens as far as 7,000 miles away
– New York Times – An interesting look at the life of a Predator pilot.
– New York Times Magazine – At a desert facility, Air Force pilots are trained to fight America’s remote-controlled wars.
– Los Angeles Times – Physically they may be thousands of miles from Iraq or Afghanistan. Psychologically, they’re on the ground with troops. The disconnect, and the sense of helplessness, take a toll.
– The Nation – A look at the history of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in warfare.
– New York Times – P.W. Singer asks if use of unmanned aerial vehicles by the US undermines our democracy.
– Air Force – B-2 and B-52 rotations to Guam offer valuable training—and send a powerful message. A look at Air-Sea Battle as it exists today.