The Strategy Alternatives Consortium (SAC) has been developed to advance national policies, plans, strategies, programs (resources), and professionals to enable strategic alternatives development. It is an initiative to support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) through a national network of academic institutions, think tanks, historical organizations, and professional associations. The Consortium was conceived by Lt. Gen. (USAF, retired) Robert J. "Bob" Elder Jr. SAC's primary goal is to convey the unique value of USAF capabilities in providing strategy alternatives to national leadership (political level) and joint force commanders (military level) in achieving national security objectives and global interests.
In August 2015, LSU Shreveport established the SAC affiliate, The Strategy Alternatives Consortium at LSUS (SAC-LSUS), headed by Dr. Gary D. Joiner, Department of History, but includes nine professors representing multiple academic disciplines. SAC-LSUS examines strategic issues and events across time and regions, offers analysis and defines outcomes, and identifies alternative solutions. SAC-LSUS is the focal point in collecting, synthesizing, and archiving data. The unit also acts as a single point of contact for information, inquiries, and requests for information from the Strategic Alternatives Consortium collaboration network (as entities in other academic institutions are added), public and news media. This includes being as well, the one-stop distribution point for Strategic Alternatives Center papers, presentations, and other materials as appropriate.
SAC-LSUS serves to further the mission of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command. The Center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to strategic issues faced by the United States Air Force and Department of Defense. The central mission of the Center is to examine issues brought forth in direct contact with Air Force and Department of Defense officials and provide in-depth analysis of emerging issues. LSUS’s close proximity to Barksdale Air Force Base has historically had, and continuing through today, provides close ties with base personnel and leadership.
The SAC-LSUS’s goals are: (1) Identify and analyze major strategic events or processes, (2) Provide results to agencies or clients, (3) Deploy the results in publications, symposia, and conferences to the public, and (4) Educate leaders, professionals, students and the public.
On 16 January 2016, SAC-LSUS hosted a symposium to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the "Secret Squirrel" historic air combat mission in 1991. Speakers included Lt. Gen. (ret.) E.G. "Buck" Schuler Jr., commander of the 8th Air Force at the time; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Robert Elder, commander of the 596 Bomb Squadron prior to the mission; Dr. Gary Joiner, professor and chair of the Department of History and Social Sciences at LSUS; and a majority of the B-52 "Crew Dogs" who flew the mission. An extensive oral history interview component was part of the commemoration.
The nickname "Secret Squirrel" was given to Operation Senior Surprise with this global strike air combat mission conducted Jan.16-17, 1991 by seven B-52 bombers launched from Barksdale Air Force Base. At the time, it was the longest bomber air strike in history and the combat debut of the Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile. This successful air combat mission seriously degraded Saddam Hussein's command and control systems, air defense systems, and lines of communications, which facilitated follow-on theater-level ground and tactical air operations during the larger Operation Desert Storm.SAC-LSUS White Papers