Five AFIT faculty and alum authored articles in the Air & Space Power Journal, Volume 33 Issue 4, Winter 2019 edition
Space Power and the Foundations of an Independent Space Force
LTC Brad Townsend, USA (M.S. Astronautical Engienering, 2008)
Even after the eventual establishment of an independent Space Force, the objections raised by opponents of its creation will continue to hinder its future development and standing with other services. Objections to its creation center on the lack of an accepted space power theory as well as the inability of existing military space systems to create direct kinetic effects. This article addresses both objections.
Evaluating the Train-Advise-Assist Mission Impact on Engineering and Facilities Management in the Afghan Air Force
Col Christopher M. Stoppel, USAF, PhD, P.E. (M.S. Engineering & Environmental Management, 2001, and former faculty member)
This article examines the impact of the train-advise-assist (TAA) mission on further developing the Afghan Air Force (AAF) engineering and facility management capabilities. It discusses the AAF engineers’ current capabilities and challenges followed by advisor activities and lines-of-effort that share the common goal of developing the AAF into a professional, capable, and sustainable force.
A Case for Open Mission Systems in DOD Aircraft Avionics
Capt Michael J. Brown (M.S. Cost Analysis, 2017 & International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Thesis Award Winner)
Robert D. Fass, PhD (Assistant Professor within AFIT's Department of Systems Engineering & Management)
Jonathan Ritschel, PhD (M.S. Cost Analysis, 2003, DG & Assistant Professor and Director, Cost Analysis Graduate Program within AFIT's Department of Systems Engineering & Management)
The DOD is adopting open mission systems (OMS) as the future in the military aviation environment. OMS proponents promise reduced costs and truncated schedules through increased competition in the marketplace and reduced coding efforts. To the best of our knowledge, no studies have examined the success of these open architectures in the DOD. Therefore, we investigate costs and schedule for a recent DOD avionics OMS demonstration platform in comparison to 13 historically analogous programs.