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Air forces must radically transform their ways and means of operating in order to succeed in the technologically disruptive environment. With the components of air power and its delivery expanding into new domains, particularly space and cyberspace, there is a need for air forces to switch paradigms.

New approaches must be generated to make the generational leap toward fifth- and sixth-generation air power possible.  The Air Power Journal aims to enrich the strategic discussion between allies and partners on air power transformation – its goals, inherent challenges, and critical enablers. Reframing the strategic discussion with future-focused, technology-driven outlooks, The Air Power Journal brings together expert perspectives on operational paradigms, the technological landscape, and transformation imperatives from the most preeminent international experts.

Bringing together world-leading expertise, The Air Power Journal strives to provide a carefully crafted collection of papers with each edition that is an amalgamation of research-driven insights and emerging viewpoints.

Each edition is intended to enhance understanding among executive leaders across the fighting force, the air power enterprise at large, and its joint partners. The Air Power Journal aims to serve as a reference aid to better understand the most vital aspects of air power transformation. By critically enriching such discussions, allies and partners will be better positioned to adapt and evolve more effectively, and more collaboratively. in the future. 

Contributors

Informed perspectives from the world’s leading experts

Picture of <strong>Dr. Michael Raska</strong>, Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dr. Michael Raska, Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Picture of <strong>David A. Deptula, Lieutenant General (Ret.), United States Air Force</strong>, Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, United States

David A. Deptula, Lieutenant General (Ret.), United States Air Force, Dean, Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Studies, United States

Picture of <strong>Sherrill Lingel</strong>, Senior Engineer, RAND Corporation, United States

Sherrill Lingel, Senior Engineer, RAND Corporation, United States

Picture of <strong>Dr. Peter Layton</strong>, Visiting Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Australia

Dr. Peter Layton, Visiting Fellow, Griffith Asia Institute, Australia

Picture of <strong>Professor Justin Bronk</strong>, Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, United Kingdom

Professor Justin Bronk, Senior Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, United Kingdom

Picture of <strong>Professor Olivier Zajec</strong>, Director, Institute of Strategic and Defense Studies, Jean Moulin University, France

Professor Olivier Zajec, Director, Institute of Strategic and Defense Studies, Jean Moulin University, France

Picture of <strong>Patrick Bolder, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Royal Netherlands Air Force</strong>, Subject Matter Expert, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Netherlands

Patrick Bolder, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), Royal Netherlands Air Force, Subject Matter Expert, Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, Netherlands

Picture of <strong>Dr. Brett van Niekerk</strong>, Senior Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Dr. Brett van Niekerk, Senior Lecturer, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Picture of <strong>Dr. Edwin “Leigh” Armistead</strong>, Chief Editor, Journal of Information Warfare, United States

Dr. Edwin “Leigh” Armistead, Chief Editor, Journal of Information Warfare, United States

The Air Power Journal is proud to be associated with the Dubai International Air Chiefs’ Conference (DIACC) – the largest international gathering of air chiefs of staff and commanders anywhere in the world – as its official journal. 

For the past twenty years, DIACC has created a leadership-level forum for staying updated with the latest emerging perspectives in the air power community.

Published in the UAE

Produced in the UAE as an open-access technical publication, The Air Power Journal reaches readers across more than 70 nations in two languages.

Increasing levels of automation and the embedded use of artificial intelligence are opening up new possibilities to secure operational advantage. Human factors and leadership still hold the key to unlocking the full package of benefits that emerging technologies are enabling. Air forces will need to embrace radical transformation and generate new ways and means of operating, and succeeding, in tomorrow’s technologically disruptive environment.