DROP ZONE: The Rise of the Machines

Although the machines have not taken over, swarms offer a solution to the problem of accessing contested areas and destroying challenging target sets.

Drop Zone: Security by Design

In this upcoming week, OTH will turn its attention to design-thinking, featuring an article from Dr. Jeff Reilly and OTH’s fifth podcast!

Geopolitical Future of the South Caucasus

In the next five to ten years, the South Caucasus region will face a growing increase of Russian influence while witnessing a decrease in Western involvement.

The Future of The French Air Force: A Future Combat Air System as a Strategy to Counter Access Denial

By 2030, France is committed to design a Future Combat Air System (FCAS) to overcome the ever-growing contest of Western air supremacy around the world. Ultimately, the FCAS has no other ambition than to preserve France’s capability for ‘first entry’ options.

OTH Video PRIMER 1: The Human Domain

OTH’s own, Major Julie Janson, provides a short primer on the Human Domain as the first entry in OTH’s newly developed primer series.

Multi-Domain Operations Security

OPSEC is one of many information related capabilities that must evolve in the next few years to ensure our military protects its future critical information.

War as a Living Phenomenon: Change from and Continuity with the Past in Warfare

War is a living, multiform and complex phenomenon in perpetual motion, where there is no culmination point. The future of war is both decided by a slow-pace adaptation to experiences and history and radical innovations.

Call for Contributions – High-Intensity Warfare in the 21st Century

The editorial staff at OTH would like to encourage our readers to participate in The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones’ call for contributions.

Countering Hypersonic Threats with Directed Energy

In this article, the author presents an argument for a plausible defense for countering hypersonic threats through the use of directed energy.

The Phonics of Hypersonics

As part of our series on the Third Offset Initiative, the author presents a sound argument for the development of hypersonic technology and potential applications for future use.

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.

The Building Blocks of Multi-Domain: A Reading List that Gets Beyond the Buzzwords

In this article, OTH brings you a reading list compiled by contributing editor Dr. Jeff Reilly to equip readers with the necessary elements to discuss the why and how of multi-domain.


This article explores some of the myths one frequently sees as the US DoD attempts to build a force with purpose in the emerging operational environment.

***OTH Anniversary*** CSAR: Restoring Promise to a Sacred Assurance

As part of our anniversary celebration series, we present the fourth most read article of 2017, where Brandon Losacker assesses the state of CSAR.

***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.

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