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Ensuring the Common Defense: The Case for Fifth Generation Airpower

The U.S. Air Force’s fighter aviation force is too old and too small to meet the national security challenges facing the country. The last major build-up in this mission area began in the wake of the Vietnam War and wound down at the end of the Reagan Administration. The airplanes procured in the 1970s and 1980s still represent 80% of the Air Force’s fighter aircraft inventory. This was never supposed to happen, with types like the F-22 and F-35 intended to reset the force over the last two decades. However, due to the F-22’s premature cancellation at less than half the stated military requirement and numerous delays in the F-35 program, airmen are now flying the oldest, smallest fighter fle

Updating the Laws of War for the 21st Century: Time to Reconsider, and Ban, Modern Nation-Killing Ac

The wars and conflicts of today are transforming around the world. In many cases, the democratization of new and emergent technologies is enabling state and non-state actors to upend long established ways and means of warfare on land, sea, air, space, and now in cyberspace. Utilizing hybrid warfare strategies that take advantage of the so-called “gray zone,” these actors are exploiting the evolving understanding of what constitutes modern warfare. From artificial islands in the South China Sea, to the annexation of Crimea. This paper takes a look at the global impact of post-Cold War gray zone actions that have utilized traditional and unique combinations of strategic weapons and tactics to

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