Welcome to the first issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ) -- the U.S. Air Force's forum for exchanging ideas that matter for our nation's security. Air University was established to develop our Air Force leaders as they prepare for the future. In support of that mission, we at Air University are committed to the exploration of ideas that foster engagement and growth within the defense community. This strategic journal is part of a larger set of initiatives designed to ensure that the ideas that are part and parcel of our national security debate do not become stagnant. The most recent Quadrennial Defense Review described four strategic challenges that our nation faces: traditional, irregular, disruptive, and catastrophic. Our national security apparatus must transform to meet all of these challenges, and much of that transformation will require new ideas, organizations, and relationships among members of the military, government, and academia. Our vision is for SSQ to become an effective forum to foster those ideas and relationships.