“Provocative, even controversial, Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower is a competing departure from seminal concepts in military strategy and doctrinal norms that seeks to establish new paradigms in the way we conceive of the military instrument of power. There is particularly excellent work in the sections on operational design, the roles of intelligence and ISR, and global mobility and agility. This work will stimulate critical thinking for anyone interested in modern war and the Joint Force as well as strategic studies.”
—GEN. CHARLES H. JACOBY JR., USA (RET.)
Military/Security Studies Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower will introduce readers to contemporary strategy and the operational level of war, particularly as it relates to airpower.
This intermediate textbook was developed as required reading for all US Air Force Academy cadets and is designed to close the gap between military theory and military practice. It asks readers to reconceive of the military as a “profession of effects” rather than as a profession of arms because much of the military’s work and impact no longer involves kinetic warfare.
The book covers strategic foundations; operational design and joint-service operations; the air, space, and cyber capabilities that make up modern airpower; and contemporary challenges in the application of strategy. The contributing authors include both military practitioners and scholars of security studies, political science, and history.
In addition to being required reading for Air Force Academy cadets, the book will provide an essential overview of strategy and practice for anyone interested in modern airpower and the joint operating environment.
Editors Ryan Burke, Michael Fowler and Kevin McCaskey
Ryan Burke is an associate professor in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) and was formerly a captain in the US Marine Corps.
Lt. Col. Michael Fowler is an associate professor in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at USAFA.
Lt. Col. Kevin McCaskey is an assistant professor in the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at USAFA.
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller (USAF, Ret.) ix
Part I. An Introduction to Contemporary Strategy
1. Defi ning Contemporary Military Strategy
2. Strategic Foundations
John T. Farquhar
3. Operational Design: One Method of Reconciling Ends, Ways, and Means
4. The Ways of War: Constructing a Compellence Strategy
5 Capabilities That Generate Effects
Part II. Airpower Strategy and Levels of Effects
6. Airpower for Strategic Effect: Classic to Contemporary Airpower Theory
John T. Farquhar
7. Multidomain Airpower Strategy: Integrating Air, Space, and Cyber Assets 89
Jahara W. Matisek
8. Intelligence, ISR, and Strategy 104
Part III. Air, Space, and Cyber Effects
9. Global Precision Engagement
10. Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support
11. Airpower and Irregular Warfare: A Battle of Ideas
John T. Farquhar
12. Space Power
13. Offense and Defense in Cyberspace
Evan Perkoski and Michael Poznansky
Part IV. Defense Organization and the Joint Operating Environment
14. Goldwater-Nichols and the Evolution of the Joint Force
Brent J. Talbot
15. Roles and Missions of the Armed Services
16. Special Operations
Part V. Contemporary Challenges in the Application of Strategy
17. Flawed Reasoning and Bias in Decision-Making
18. Unmanned Aerial Systems
19. Expanding DoD Missions and Mission Creep
20. Constructing Effects: A Strategic Theory of Security Cooperation
21. Hybrid Warfare: The End of Conventional Wars in the Twenty-First Century?
22. Innovation and Organizational Politics
Justin Key Canfi l
23. Analyzing ISIS in the Contemporary Environment
List of Contributors