Air University Press releases spring 2020 edition of SSQ

Air University Press releases spring 2020 edition of SSQ. ( Courtesy Graphic)

Air University Press releases spring 2020 edition of SSQ. ( Courtesy Graphic)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. – Air University Press released the spring 2020 edition of Strategic Studies Quarterly, available at

In this issue:

  • Former U.S. Army professor M. A. Thomas asks, “Between the United States and China, who will win the artificial intelligence arms race?” 
  • Columbia University scholars Jason Healey and Stuart Caudill explore whether the DOD cyber strategy will be implemented effectively against cyber adversaries or encourage adversary attacks. 
  • James S. Johnson, research fellow at the James Martin Center, examines the question, “How could AI-augmented conventional capabilities affect strategic stability and exacerbate the risk of inadvertent escalation to nuclear war?”
  • U.S. Naval War College assistant professor Rebecca Pincus answers the question, “Is China-Russia cooperation of great significance and a crucial factor when formulating U.S. strategy in the emerging Arctic region?” 
  • Air University School of Advanced Air and Space Studies graduate Army Lt. Col. Brad Townsend analyzes the growing orbital security dilemma in space that may create unstable conditions and suboptimal arms racing that lead to war.  
  • Michael Raska and Richard A. Bitzinger, scholars at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, critique whether China’s increasing presence in global arms markets reflects progress in technology and innovation, surpasses Russian arms exports and counterbalances Western influence.
  • Johns Hopkins University PhD fellow Army Col. Joseph D. Becker asks, “To reduce the likelihood of tactical nuclear weapons use, should the U.S. openly address hard-case scenarios and develop a coherent strategy sufficient to deter adversaries?” 

Spring book reviews include Dawn of the Code War by John P. Carlin with Garrett M. Graff,  Nanoweapons by Louis A. Del Monte, Unrivaled by Michael Beckley, Cyber Security by Jack Caravelli and Nigel Jones, Army of None by Paul Scharre and On the Brink by Van Jackson. 

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