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Air Power And Armies

Author: Sir John Cotesworth Slessor
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 081735610X
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Originally published: London: Oxford University Press, 1936.

William Billy Mitchell S Air Power

Author: Johnny R. Jones
Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.
ISBN: 9781410215574
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In the fall of 1996, the Department of the Air Force published its vision for the twenty-first century Air Force. The vision, entitled Global Engagement, presented a new strategy to guide the Air Force in meeting the many challenges of the first quarter of the twenty-first century. It is a vision "of air and space power and covers all aspects of our Air Force-people, capabilities, and support structures." Global Engagement "is the first step in the Air Force's back-to-the-present approach to long-range planning." As the Air Force charts its course into the twenty-first century, valuable insight is gained by examining the beginnings of that course-the initial vector that has steered air power from its birth at the beginning of this century and will now carry air and space power into the next. The United States Air Force is inseparably linked to many aviation pioneers and air power advocates. The wisdom and vision of these early airmen have steered the development of air power throughout this century. Among those early visionaries, Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mitchell was perhaps the most outspoken advocate of air power and an independent air force. Mitchell was not only a pioneer in military aviation, but an air power visionary. He was among the earliest to realize the value of air power and to see not only the profound changes it brought to his times, but its vast potential for the future. His wisdom is as fresh and relevant today as it was at the beginning of the century when he offered it. This collection of Mitchell's thoughts on air power offered here should illuminate the vision offered by Global Engagement. Even though Mitchell set forth his thoughts nearly 80 years ago, the lineage can be seen between his vision and those principles that have guided our Air Force in the past, that guide our Air Force today, and that will guide the Air Force vision for the next century. Robert M. Hylton Colonel, USAF Commander, College of Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education

Routledge Handbook Of Air Power

Author: John Andreas Olsen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351802739
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The Routledge Handbook of Air Power offers a comprehensive overview of the political purposes and military importance of air power. Despite its increasing significance in international relations, statecraft and war, the phenomenon of air power remains controversial and little understood beyond its tactical and technological prominence. This volume provides a comprehensive survey designed to contribute to a deep and sophisticated understanding of air power. Containing contributions from academics and service personnel, the book comprises five sections: - Part I Foundation: the essence of air power - Part II Roles and functions: delivering air power - Part III Cross-domain integration: applying air power - Part IV Political–social–economic environment: air power in its strategic context - Part V Case studies: air power in its national context Examining a series of themes and factors that contribute to an understanding of the utility and applicability of air power, this Handbook focuses on the essence of air power, identifies its roles and functions, and places air power in its wider strategic and national contexts. The Routledge Handbook of Air Power will be of great interest to students of air power, strategic studies, defence studies, security studies and IR, as well as to military professionals and policy-makers.

Bombing To Win

Author: Robert A. Pape
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801471508
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From Iraq to Bosnia to North Korea, the first question in American foreign policy debates is increasingly: Can air power alone do the job? Robert A. Pape provides a systematic answer. Analyzing the results of over thirty air campaigns, including a detailed reconstruction of the Gulf War, he argues that the key to success is attacking the enemy's military strategy, not its economy, people, or leaders. Coercive air power can succeed, but not as cheaply as air enthusiasts would like to believe. Pape examines the air raids on Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq as well as those of Israel versus Egypt, providing details of bombing and governmental decision making. His detailed narratives of the strategic effectiveness of bombing range from the classical cases of World War II to an extraordinary reconstruction of airpower use in the Gulf War, based on recently declassified documents. In this now-classic work of the theory and practice of airpower and its political effects, Robert A. Pape helps military strategists and policy makers judge the purpose of various air strategies, and helps general readers understand the policy debates.

Strategic Air Power In Desert Storm

Author: John Andreas Olsen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135312907
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In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi national power. John Andreas Olsen provides a coherent and comprehensive examination of the origins, evolution and implementation of this campaign. His findings derive from official military and political documentation, interviews with United States Air Force officers who were closely involved with the planning of the campaign and Iraqis with detailed knowledge and experience of the inner workings of the Iraqi regime.


Author: Phillip S. Meilinger
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780714682662
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According to the author all aircrews, tacticians and those who direct them have to realise the limitations of air power during conflicts. For years opinion has differed as to whether the aircraft has altered war strategies or merely the tactics of war. This volume explores the limits of airpower.