No Fair Fights

No Fair Fights The Effects of Hybrid War, Disinformation, and RPA Automation on NATO Air Power By Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Presa-Diaz, Ph.D., ESP AF, JAPCC By Lieutenant Colonel Martin Menzel, MBA, DEU A, JAPCC The monopoly of violence is one element that confirms the statehood of modern nations. By agreeing to allocate ways and means…

Beating Brownout

Beating Brownout Technology Helps, but Training Remains Key By Commander Maurizio Modesto, ITA N, JAPCC Introduction When I started my helicopter pilot training at Whiting Field (US), I practiced my landings on clean, square, cement pavement. Conditions hardly differed when I made my first operational landings as a Navy helicopter pilot. When I approached a…

Fifth Generation Air Combat

Fifth Generation Air Combat Maintaining the Joint Force Advantage By Major General Jeff Harrigian, USA AF By Colonel Max Marosko, USA AF This is an abridged version of an article published in the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Journal Ed. No. 6, July 2016. Fifth Generation Aircraft, Defined For the purposes of this paper, we…

European Security and the Significance of the F-35

European Security and the Significance of the F-35 By Air Commodore Dr. Frans Osinga This essay is the reprint of an article published in October 2016 by the Norwegian Airforce Magazine ‘LUFTLED’. Introduction The introduction of F-35 fighters in European air forces marks a momentous transition from 4th generation fighters to the 5th generation. But…

Better Together

Better Together First Ever Air-to-Air Refuelling Clearance Request/Approval Training and Table Top Exercise By Major Victoria Thomas, USA AF, JAPCC ‘Because we live in times with new security threats, with instability, and we don’t need more instability. We don’t need less cooperation in Europe; we need more.’ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg1 Introduction In July…

Preserving NATO’s C2 Edge

Preserving NATO’s C2 Edge Capitalizing on MTDS/LVC Advanced Capabilities By Major Jay Vizcarra, USA AF, NATO E-3A Introduction Mission Training through Distributed Simulation (MTDS) began in the late 1990s as an internal training system, and through the work of the NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Component, it is now a significant model…