Richard J. Bailey Jr is the Dean of Students and professor of Strategy and Security Studies, USAF School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA. He earned his PhD in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. Rick is an active duty US Air Force colonel, with over 3,500 flight hours in various Air Force aircraft. His research interests include military strategy, cyber power, and civil-military relations. James W. Forsyth Jr is the Dean of the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA. He received his PhD in International Studies from the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. While there, he studied international and comparative politics, as well as security studies. His research interests are wide ranging and he has written on great power conflict and war. Mark O. Yeisley is a former Colonel and Associate Professor at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and holds a PhD in International Relations from Duke University, USA. While on active duty he served in various operational and staff assignments, and currently teaches for Air Command and Staff College.
"A book about strategy, offering many useful insights and practical takeaways for anyone interested in the field-the bibliography and footnotes alone are worth a detailed look, and would provide a solid basis for any serious study of the field of military strategy. But its greatest value is its function as a time capsule for the SAASS method of teaching timeless ideas, providing a method for the exploration of a subject area that by its very nature can never be formally captured or simply defined. In its essence, SAASS is not about hard-to-find classrooms, or groups of instructors and students stretching from the past and present. Like the classical methods that inspired it, SAASS in its essence is not the physical location where it resides on Maxwell Air Force Base, but rather the living method by which its graduates collaborate to view, investigate, question, shape, and ultimately act in ways that create continuing strategic advantage and serve the vital interests of our nation and its allies. This book captures and reflects both the spirit and method of SAASS at a specific moment in time, as the never-ending challenge of 'seeking strategy' continues." -The Strategy Bridge.com "The book's extensive notes, index and bibliography make this essential for any student of strategy, military history or international relations. Careful reading will provide readers with an excellent guide to valuable and relevant sources." - The Northern Mariner