U.S. Air Force aircraft of the 4th Fighter Wing fly over Kuwaiti oil fires set by the retreating Iraqi army during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. NATO air power has not been challenged in recent conflicts, but with resources and capabilities dwindling, NATO officials are sounding warning bells about the future.
An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter and an F-22A Raptor soar over the Emerald Coast. Some nations have reduced the number of F-35s they intend to purchase.
A fleet of Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft financed through NATO benefits the entire alliance. The cooperative effort might serve as a model for future programs to beef up air and space power capabilities.

NATO Officials Sounding Air and Space Power Alarm

March 1, 2015
By George I. Seffers
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In recent decades, air power has been NATO’s first, and sometimes only, military response to a threat. But tightened budgets and dwindling resources are placing air power in a death spiral driven by declining readiness, a shrinking force structure and an ever-smaller residual fighting capacity, say NATO’s foremost experts on air and space power.

Incoming: Advice for the Innovators

March 1, 2015
By Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

Having focused a great deal on innovation throughout my career—particularly as the leader of “Deep Blue,” the Navy’s innovation think tank immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks, and as commander of U.S. Southern Command—I would offer some important advice to the innovators as they get started.

Shop for STEM Site Supports Educational Foundation

March 1, 2015

The AFCEA Educational Foundation has now formed such a fundraising partnership with the CauseNetwork by setting up a website exclusively for fundraising efforts to support the foundation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational incentive programs.

Government Cybersecurity Research Explores Technological, Human Capabilities

March 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Challenges ranging from teaching people new ways of learning languages to providing security for homemade computer chips head the priority list for researchers at the National Security Agency. The exponential expansion of technology capabilities is perhaps matched by the growth of potential conflict areas, and both are increasing the issues faced by the agency’s research community.