Toward an Air and Space Force: Naval Aviation and the Implications for Space Power
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL AIRPOWER RESEARCH INST
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We are now transitioning from an air force into an air and space force on an evolutionary path to a space and air force. Less than two years after announcing this latest vision, the Air Force changed the terminology from air and space to aerospace. The vision is certainly plausible, but there is a tremendous difference between adopting a particularly appealing bumper sticker slogan and implementing a real plan to accomplish the transition to an aerospace force. This project looks to the history of US naval aviation to determine if the effort to integrate aviation into the Navy from 1921 to 1941 provides a suitable framework for the Air Force to emulate as it integrates space into Air Force operations. The intent of this comparison is to measure the progress of space integration into the Air Force against this historical precedent, to identify areas suggested that would benefit from increased attention, and to recommend improvements that could facilitate the integration of space power into the Air Force.
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Space Warfare