Imagery Architecture 2000: The Eyes of Global Power   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the thesis abstract: "The end of cold war and the bipolar focus of US military power introduced new uncertainties in the efforts to fathom the nature and source of future threats to American interests and in the posture defense forces should assume. Air Force Manual (AFM) 1-1, Basic Aerospace Doctrine of the United States Air Force, addresses the vagaries in national security defense requirements. 'We do not know what threats the United States will face in the future, where Americans will face them, or against whom the United States might have to apply military forces.' Continued access to resources and markets, geopolitical alliances and commitments, and the inherent requirements of global leadership make it essential that the US be continuously able to adapt effectively to changes in the environment in each region of the world. Accordingly, one of the four cornerstones in the US defense strategy is forward presence. 'Although the changing global environment allows us to reduce our permanent foreign deployments, some US forces must remain deployed overseas in areas of US interest. The forward presence of US forces makes for more credible deterrence, promotes regional stability, and provides us an initial capability for crisis response and escalation control.' A key aspect of this challenge is the ability to defend worldwide military, political, and economic interests and commitments. Accordingly, US forces must be postured to respond to crises with immediacy and propriety, with an objective being to control escalation and resolve conflicts on terms favorable to the US and its allies."

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Research Report No. AU-ARI-93-4; Research Report No. Air University Airpower Research Institute93-4
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