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Inverting the Paradigm: The 21st Century High-Low Force

[This article is a continuation of air supremacy and airpower asymmetry.] Today’s Air Force fleet structure is in the midst of an identity crisis, full of contradictions and built upon a multi-role fighter foundation. Despite this, the Air Force Future Operating Concept document categorizes its current force structure as a high-low mixture. It defines this…

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Jerimiah Weed: The Truth of the Legend

The story of how shots of Jeremiah Weed came to be a fighter pilot tradition has been told many times, with more versions than you can imagine. And that is why its time to retell it. There are two things I really like about this story. First, unlike many traditions, it didn’t happen in any…

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Smart Bombs. Smart Management?

“Even small groups of combatants, such as a handful of enemy troops manning a mortar position, may eventually be deemed worthy of a PGM [precision-guided munition] in some circumstances.” Though the above statement sounds like some visionary revelation out of Operation Desert Storm, it is not; it’s not even from the 20th century. The above…

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A Nickel on the Grass: The Real Story

Greek mythology states that the ferryman of Hades, Charon, requires payment of one coin to ferry a soul across the River Styx that separates the worlds of the living and the dead. Coins were typically placed in the mouths of loved ones before burial to ensure safe passage to the underworld. Over time this has…