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One of the Air Force's best kept secret

Posted 11/2/2008   Updated 11/2/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Capt. Bill Pierce
507th Air Refueling Wing


11/2/2008 - TINKER AFB, OK -- 

Tucked away in small building on Maxwell AFB lies one of the Air Force's best kept secrets, a secret that is shaping the future of the Air Force by way of the past. The Air University Press (AU Press) is a small building that houses numerous books and papers written by the very men and women in blue, past and present, civilian and military. 

The AU Press dates back to the mid 50's. It was the inspiration of former Deputy Commander for Air University Gen. John DeForrest Barker. His vision lead to the creation of the AU Press and gave the Air Force the means to publish materials giving airmen opportunities to increase their knowledge while contributing to the advancement of fellow airmen. Their stories and experiences have impacted Air Force doctrine and have helped shape National Security Strategy in a globalized society. 

Today globalization presents many opportunities. The United States is a leader in promoting new flows of trade, investment, technology, and information. More specifically AU Press has helped improve that free flow of information by sharing the stories and experiences of the professional Airmen. 

Keeping Gen. DeForrest Baker's vision alive, today AU Press enables airmen access to written resources at no cost other than time. According to the AU Press website, the publication program is designed to help Air Force war fighters understand and apply air and space power in peacetime and conflict. Today they have extended their audience to include sister service personnel, national leaders and policy makers, academicians, military historians, and other analysts. 

Whether you are looking to brush up on speaking effectively, you are getting ready to assume a command, and or wanting to gain a better understanding of national security, AU Press has a book for you. 

According to the AU Press website, US Department of Defense personnel and organizations and their employees of other federal government agencies have access to these free resources. They may order up to 10 titles at one time. The AU Press has made it extremely easy to order specific books and papers. Interested personnel may call, fax, and or go online to order their selections. 

For those interested in sharing your ideas and experiences AU Press can assist you in publishing your work too. Their goal is to become the nation's premier nonprofit publisher of works on air and space power. They invite authors to submit manuscripts for review. According to AU Press, they publish books, monographs, and occasional papers. Submitted work is reviewed by a selection board for quality and validity of research, contribution to the understanding of air power, and value to Air Force people and decision makers. 

For more information on ordering resources or getting help on publishing your own work visit www.maxwell.af.mil/au/aul/aupress



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