March/April 2024

Vol. 107, No. 3

The CAOC is the Air Force nerve center in the Middle East, responsible for planning and executing air operations across the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations.
Senior officers, military retirees, and even members of Congress field hundreds of complaints annually from applicants who feel wronged by what they see as a random and inconsistent system.

Why Cislunar Security Must Be a Space Force Concern

Unlike the race to the Moon between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s, this new space race involves dozens of countries, dynamic geopolitical tensions, and technical capabilities associated with sustained presence.

The Man Who Shot Down Yamamoto

Capt. Thomas G. Lanphier Jr. claimed to have shot down Yamamoto’s plane, killing him in the process, but the evidence indicates it was not Lanphier, but his wingman, Rex Barber, who deserved the credit.  

WORLD: Budget

WORLD: Budget: Air Force Gets More; Space Force Gets Cut; Shrinking Aircraft Inventory.

WORLD: People

WORLD: New CMSAF, David Flosi; Robert Gaylor Dies, 5th CMSAF; Appollo Astronaut Tom Stafford Dies.


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A collection of quotes on airpower, space power, and national security issues.