Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan, SI(M), SBt (Retd)
The Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) was established in November 2018 to serve as a thought leader in the Aerospace and Security (AeroSec) domain. It was envisioned as a think tank to enhance its outreach worldwide and provide independent and comprehensive insight and evidence-based research to policymakers in these areas. For this purpose, the Centre has been conducting national and international conferences, seminars, roundtables, and dialogues. There is also a strong focus at CASS on original, analytical, and policy-driven research. For this, we have several publication Series like Issue Papers, Working Papers, Policy Briefs, and Analysis Reports produced by the research team. These have been well received within the local, regional, and international think tank community.
However, it was felt that since the nexus between Aerospace and Security issues is very new in Pakistan, a highly specialised journal should be initiated for those young and budding scholars who are moving towards these areas.
Publication of the flagship Journal of Aerospace & Security Studies (JASS) is, hence, a major milestone by the Centre. The first volume is in your hand. In line with the vision and scope of the journal, every paper in this issue underwent a rigorous desk review, and then, an exhaustive subject-expert double-blind peer review process. This process has not only ensured that every paper is well-researched and analytical but also brings forth original ideas and policy prescriptions.
Without having a strong interest in reading books, no scholar can hope to progress far in his or her field, and so the Journal of Aerospace & Security Studies, is also encouraging thoughtful book reviews on AeroSec issues.
I hope that the Journal of Aerospace & Security Studies finds significant readership and scholarly submissions in the days and years ahead, both from Pakistan and abroad.