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Order In Chaos: The Future of Informed Battle Management and Command and Control

The United States military has established impressive proficiency in the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) enterprise in modern warfare, to the point where it can master the “observe” and “orient” elements of Col. John Boyd’s “OODA Loop” across the spectrum of conflict. But with the growth in the volume of information available, and an anticipated increase in duration and intensity of potential future combat operations, the potential for saturation of centralized decision-makers using this ISR requires a relook at tactical command and control (C2). By reaching back to a Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), time and context is sacrificed, simplifying adversary war plans t

Memo to Washington: Reforming National Defense to Meet Emerging Global Challenges

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release the fifth entry in its Mitchell Policy Paper series, Memo to Washington: Reforming National Defense to Meet Emerging Global Challenges, by Gen Philip Breedlove, USAF (Ret.) former Commander, NATO Supreme Allied Command, and U.S. European Command. While the long struggle against Islamic extremism continues, near-peer and regional competitors – Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — are increasing their capabilities to contest US interests and those of its allies and partners. These four challengers present some common military characteristics including “anti-access” capabilities, use of “gray zone” and hybrid warfare tactics d

Assured C2 for Airpower: A Proposed US Air Force Cyber Strategy

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies is pleased to release the ninth entry in its Mitchell Forum paper series, Assured C2 for Airpower: A Proposed US Air Force Cyber Strategy, by Lt Gen Stan T. Kresge, USAF (Ret.). Over the past 25 years, the US Air Force has enjoyed unchallenged command and control (C2) of its forces in combat. No adversary has successfully targeted Air Force networks and supporting cyber systems to a degree that has impacted operations. Kresge, the former commander of 13th Air Force and vice commander of Pacific Air Forces, believes this dominance is coming to an end as adversaries gain capability and seek to disrupt and attack the cyber networks which support mode

Desert Storm: 25 Years later - Lessons from the 1991 Air Campaign in the Persian Gulf War

In the early morning of January 17, 1991, the United States launched the opening strikes of Operation Desert Storm. These missions unveiled new technologies, strategies, and tactics that forever changed the parameters of war. The pairing of stealth, precision and an effects-based strategy bridged the gap between the long-promised potential of aerial attack with the actual means of real-world employment. This publication is a 25-year retrospective, which opens with a summary of how the crisis arose in the Gulf in 1990, and how the coalition responded. The second part of this report presents five key perspectives from speakers who presented at a Mitchell Institute program held March 9, 2016.

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