China and Russia made huge strides in missile technology, while U.S. air base defense has languished. Now the United States is playing catch-up.
Vol. 104, No. 4
The next National Defense strategy must mitigate against looming risks.
Capt. Stephen R. Phillis received the Silver Star posthumously for his actions in Desert Storm. On Feb. 15, 1991, he was flying one of two A-10s tasked with attacking a massive formation of Iraqi armor in the Kuwait desert, when his wingman was shot down. Phillis, the mission commander, lingered above the site for three minutes and 45 seconds—intentionally drawing fire to help the search and rescue effort before he was ultimately shot down himself. Now, more than 30 years after the incident, on his former U.S. Air Force Academy boxing buddies, after years of research, is pressing for Phillis to receive a military award more befitting his sacrifice. “You have a hard time explaining what heroics in an airplane looks like,” said Jim Demarest, a brigadier general in the Florida Air National Guard and himself a veteran of Desert Storm. “Steve’s heroics check all the boxes."
As flight-tests begin, the military must overcome shortages of talent, test capacity, and supply.
The air war against ISIS started slowly. Then strategic air power changed how the war was waged.
The radar-evading F-35’s very presence changes the nature of battle. It’s a strategic investment and combat tool, not a tactical one.
Bernard Fisher landed his A-1E on the embattled runway to bring out Jump Myers.
Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh is the director of the Air National Guard. Air Force Magazine Digital Editor Jennifer-Leigh Oprihory interviewed Loh in February, touching on the Guard mobilization in the nation’s capital, the ANG’s COVID-19 response, and more.
Partnerships in space could build capabilities and save money for all in the coalition.
How military researchers are working to understand—and prevent—hypoxia-like events in Air Force aircraft fleets.
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