Drop Zone: The Third Offset and Implications for the Future Operating Environment

The Third Offset Strategy has implications for the future multi-domain environment as technologies are rapidly being developed to potentially yield a competitive advantage over peer adversaries.

***OTH Anniversary*** Multi-Domain Thinking and the Human Domain

Today’s editor’s pick was chosen by Julie Janson. In it, Tom Flounders makes a compelling argument that the Human Domain is the decisive domain.

***OTH Anniversary*** Returning to Marshall: Mastering Risk by Understanding It

Leaders must remember that risk is inherent in all military operations. Identify the risk, mitigate the risk, and accept prudent risk.

***OTH Anniversary*** The Military Design Movement: Drifting towards Embracing Uncertainty and Transformation in Complex Environments

As part of our anniversary celebration series, we present the third most read article of 2017.

***OTH Anniversary*** Over the Horizon: The Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS)

As part of the OTH anniversary series, this article, by Dr. Jeffrey Reilly, forms a foundation for discussing multi-domain operations.

***OTH Anniversary*** Clarity from Complexity: An Interview with Dr. Jon Kimminau on Big Data and Activity Based Intelligence

Sean Atkins, OTH Editor-in-Chief, brings you his 2017 Editor’s Choice article: our interview with Dr. Jon Kimminau on how Big Data and Machine Learning are shaping the future of intelligence and decision making in warfare.

***OTH Anniversary*** Multi-Domain Command and Control: The Air Force Perspective with Brigadier General B. Chance Saltzman (Parts 1 and 2)

As part of our anniversary celebration series, below we present the second most read article of 2017.

***OTH Anniversary*** The Value of a Secret: Secrecy vs Innovation

This OTH Anniversary article takes a look at the need for increased information sharing across programs in order for multi domain operations to be successful.

***OTH Anniversary*** Looking Beyond Your Service for Multi-Domain Success

Editor’s Note: Today’s editor’s choice was selected by Jon Farley. Aaron Sick’s article looking beyond your service for multi domain success examines how individual service

***OTH Anniversary*** The Combat Cloud Across the Range of Military Operations: Interagency Coordination

This Editor’s Choice article discusses the creation of a new MDC2 system, the Combat Cloud, and its impact on future operations.

Napoleon and von Moltke: Ghosts of Airpower, past and future.

By Brandon T. Losacker The Air Force lacks a coherent multi-domain airpower theory. This is a problem. The current doctrine of centralized command and decentralized

***OTH Anniversary*** Become the Hydra: Setting Leadership Expectations for Degraded Environments

Meet the Editor: Mary Frishman is an Army Engineer officer. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of Rochester and a

***OTH Anniversary***Multi-Domain Strategic Thinking: What Problem Are We Trying to Solve?

Editor’s Note: As part of our anniversary celebration series, below we present the top read article of 2017.  For those that missed it when it

DROP ZONE: OTH Anniversary Series

Over the Horizon is approaching the first anniversary of its January 2017 inception and it’s time to celebrate! By bringing together disparate, often competing, perspectives,


In the latest installment of our Human Domain series, Louis L. Cook examines Information Operations effectiveness in multi-domain operations through a focused look at the offensive and defensive uses of Operations Security (OPSEC).


Seventy years of American invulnerability to existential threats is coming to an end and Civilian and Military leaders will have to adapt.


Protected by two oceans, the United States enjoys the most defensible real estate in the world. Additionally, if the rest of the world floated their


Peter Layton explores how future warfighting concepts and network/combat cloud design are now interdependent – with the actual platform design of more secondary importance. He notes how, in moving to a fifth-generation force, networks and combat clouds are the fundamental building blocks and we need to get them right.


Much of the debate over future force structure, command and control, and strategy writ large is littered with unexplored assumptions and muddled thinking. This article explores some of the most recent examples of imprecise language, unqualified assumptions, and outright myths one frequently sees as the US Department of Defense attempts to build a ready force that can match lethality and military effectiveness with purpose in the emerging operational environment.


OTH takes a deeper look at some challenges and rhetoric surrounding “5th Generation Warfare.”


Gene Kranz gives his perspective on leadership and forging a team that can manage significant risk to accomplish difficult tasks.


Lt Gen Kwast gives his perspective of the emerging security environment and the challenges facing the United States.

DROP ZONE: OTH Interviews with Lt Gen Steven Kwast, AETC Commander, and Gene Kranz, Apollo 13 mission commander

OTH Interviews with Lt Gen Steven Kwast, AETC Commander, and Gene Kranz, Apollo 13 mission commander

How the Air Force Should Test Autonomous Vehicles Part 2

Part 2 of the conclusion to a series on training and developing autonomous wingmen for future aerial combat.

How the Air Force should Test Autonomous Vehicles Part 1 of 2

In part 1 of a 2-part series conclusion, Nick Helms discusses foundations and processes for testing and training autonomous air vehicles.

Modernizing C2 of ISR – Part 2: Breaking ISR’s Industrial Age Chains

Theater-level ISR C2 must be modernized to ensure the Joint Force is prepared for a complex future and can achieve multi-domain success.

Strategic Rationale for Deep Space Operations

Authors Jefferson, Hans, and Wehrle use historical examples and national security to discuss the importance of deep space exploration and the requirement for advanced propulsion systems.

DROP ZONE: Commemorating Veterans and Remembrance Day

In commemoration of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day we offer the speech delivered by John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery on this day in 1961.

OTH Podcast 4: Exploring Cognitive Warfare

In OTH’s fourth podcast we examine the concept of cognitive warfare and what it means for the future security environment.

A Game Plan to Save CSAR

Brandon Losacker examines how the US Air Force can achieve a more capable CSAR aircraft to ensure its promise to American and allied warriors on future battlefields.

Interview with Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula: Part 3

In an interview, Lt Gen David Deptula (Ret) shares his perspective on current and future challenges for USAF leaders and joint operations.

Interview with Lt Gen (Ret.) David Deptula: Part 2

Lt Gen David Deptula (Ret) shares his perspective on the Combat Cloud, ISR, and the need for airmen to serve as joint warfighting commanders.

Mission Command in Multi-Domain Operations

This article on Mission Command looks at how contested domains will force subordinate leaders to make timely decisions that either seize or forfeit the initiative.

DROP ZONE: Success in Multi-Domain Battle relies on Mission Command

As the future battlefield continues to be debated, a topic of conversation is the role of Mission Command in Multi-Domain Battle.

Using UAS in Military Logistics Applications

The AF concept of UAVs has centered on combat missions, leaving airlift as largely unexplored potential.

The Indirect Approach and Human Influence

This is the first installment of our new Human Domain series. In it, Robert M. Schoenhaus discusses the importance of considering human influence when taking an indirect approach to operational planning and introduces the term “social intelligence.”

Drop Zone: Human Domain Series

This year, Over the Horizon will present a series of articles related to the Human Domain to promote conversation about this critical, but often ignored, domain.

OTH Interview of Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret): Part 1

In an interview, Lt Gen David Deptula (Ret) shares his perspective on current and future challenges for the USAF leaders and the Joint Force.

Zephyr aircraft in-flight during a live demonstration involving teams from the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Naval Postgraduate School.

Trust in Autonomy

In this article, we are delving into the concept of trust as it applies to training autonomous air vehicles like human wingmen or co-pilots.

Drop Zone: OTH Interview with Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (Ret.)

In a candid interview, retired Lt Gen David Deptula, shares his perspective on current and future challenges for USAF leaders and the Joint Force.


Russia is using nationalism to regain control over former Soviet Union States, a phenomenon predicted by Halford Mackinder in 1904.

Courage and Risk: How far can we manage risk?

Further advancing our conversation on approaching risk in a future characterized by complexity and uncertainty, David Pappalardo presents Risk and Courage.

Saving CSAR: Inventory, Armament, and Speed – Three Missing Ingredients (Part three, vignette three of a multi-part series)

Through historic analysis, Losacker discusses the requirement for organic firepower as a part of future survivable rescue helicopters.

A Utah National Guard Soldier and 19th Special Forces member are lifted on board an HH-60 Pave Hawk during a combat search and rescue integration exercise Nov. 9 over the Utah Test and Training Range.

Saving CSAR: Inventory, Armament, and Speed – Three Missing Ingredients (Part three, vignette two of a multi-part series)

Through historic analysis, Losacker discusses how current and future conflicts require a large dispersed fleet of vertical rescue assets.

Saving CSAR: Inventory, Armament, and Speed – Three Missing Ingredients (Part three, vignette one of a multi-part series)

Through a historic analysis, Brandon Losacker discusses how speed, inventory, and armament affect the survival of a rescue vehicle.

US-Russia Relations: Implications for the South Caucasus

An Armenian perspective on the dynamics of US–Russia relations and their implications for the South Caucasus.

Modernizing ISR C2 Part I: Multi-Domain Maneuver as the Foundation

This is the first article in a multi-part series focused on modernizing Command and Control (C2) of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).

Airmen’s Definition of Autonomy

This is the second installation in a series addressing the future of autonomous aerial systems training and acquisition.

Drop Zone: Modernizing ISR C2

The forthcoming series of articles explores a future ISR C2 realm centered on multi-domain speed, agility, and flexibility enabled by a multi-domain maneuver concept of operations.

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