Presents a preliminary look at no-fly zones as a strategic approach to conflict intervention, with an emphasis on the forms they might take, their potential utility, and their probable limitations.
Dec 27, 2013
Considers the goals of a potential aerial intervention in the Syrian civil war and examines the requirements, military potential, and risks of five principal missions that intervening air forces might be called on to carry out.
Aug 30, 2013
Surveys the subject of air power as an area of research in international security studies and provides a bibliography of significant works and useful online resources.
Aug 4, 2010
This analysis of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on a range of historical examples from World War I through Somalia in the early 1990s to inform escalation-related decisionmaking.
Jul 8, 2008
This research brief looks at the role of airlift in U.S. counterinsurgency operations and the types of investment in new airlift assets that may be needed to meet the unique challenges of these operations.
May 22, 2007
The current U.S. military airlift fleet can perform most counterinsurgency airlift missions effectively but is likely to need reinforcement if such operations continue at current levels.
Apr 28, 2007
RAND Project AIR FORCE studied the post-9/11 U.S. policy shift toward preemptive and preventive attack. It found that military planners should not expect preparing for such operations to be a key driver for change in U.S. military capabilities.
Sep 25, 2006
This research brief reports that the new emphasis on striking first in U.S. national security policy since September 11, 2001, will not likely produce a correspondingly great change in the future shape or use of American military power.
Sep 6, 2006
This research brief examines ways the U.S. Air Force can contribute to allies' conterinsurgency efforts by providing advice; education; and, when necessary, physical and technological assistance to partner-nation air forces.
Aug 31, 2006
Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions
History shows that an afflicted nation must itself defeat an insurgency politically and militarily, and the best way to help is to offer advice, training, and equipment.
Aug 16, 2006
Nov 25, 2005
Creating a new partnership to integrate air operations with ground fire and maneuver more effectively on future battlefields.
Feb 28, 2005
Conventional Coercion Across the Spectrum of Operations: The Utility of U.S. Military Forces in the Emerging Security Environment
An introduction to the coercive use of conventional military power.
Jan 1, 2003
Totem and Taboo: Depolarizing the Space Weaponization Debate
Jan 1, 2003