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Airpower Myths and Facts

By: Phillip S. Meilinger

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: Airpower, especially strategic bombing, frequently generates controversy. Ever since the US Army bought its first ?aeroplane? in 1909, debates have raged over the utility, effectiveness, efficiency, legality, and even the morality of airpower. These debates continue despite (or perhaps because of) the hundreds of books that have been written on the subject and the scores of examples witnessed. As the saying goes, certain topics tend to produce more heat than the...

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The Paths of Heaven the Evolution of Airpower Theory

By: Phillip S. Meilinger

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: Airpower is not widely understood. Even though it has come to play an increasingly important role in both peace and war, the basic concepts that define and govern airpower remain obscure to many people, even to professional military officers. This fact is largely due to fundamental differences of opinion as to whether or not the aircraft has altered the strategies of war or merely its tactics. If the former, then one can see airpower as a revolutionary leap alon...

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The Air Campaign John Warden and the Classical Airpower Theorists

By: David R. Mets

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: This is the sort of monograph a senior scholar of Prof. David R. Mets? stature should write. As its title says, the study is first of all an effort to place a consequential airpower thinker in the context of the discourse. Since Professor Mets has been researching and writing about airpower history and topical studies for over forty years, he is well qualified to do the job. Beyond its surface intent, however, this study is also a forum for Mets to give forth a ...

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Land-Based Air Power in Third World Crises

By: David R. Mets

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: The existence of a relationship between the use of military force and the attainment of political objectives is a generally accepted premise. Less obvious is the nature of that relationship. This uncertainty results in part because of the enormous potential of military force that permits its use across a spectrum of options to achieve a variety of political objectives. At one extreme, for example, there exists the possibility of gaining influence in domestic and...

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Airlift Doctrine

By: Charles E. Miller

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: The Air Force recently announced that the history of the Military Airlift Command (MAC) officially hearkens back to the creation of the Air Corps Ferrying Command in May of 1941.' However, important ideas and events concerning air transportation can be traced further back than that. In 1941 Gen Henry H. Arnold wrote in Winged Warfare of the importance of air transport:

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Airpower in Three Wars

By: William W. Momyer

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: When I received the request to update my 1978 foreword to this book, I thought it might be useful to give my perspective of some aspects on the employment of airpower in the Persian Gulf War, the Air War over Serbia (Operation Allied Force), and the war in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). It is not my intent to analyze air operations in these wars but to see if there are trends that might be appropriate for another war. I was particularly interested in ...

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Airpower and Ground Armies : Essays on the Evolution of Anglo-Amer...

By: Daniel R Mortensen

Educational Reference Publication

Introduction: Long before the current struggle between the Army and Air Force over the deep attack mission, the services debated employment of air resources. Among the earliest roles and missions issues of the 1930s, the Army argued that ground commanders needed to control air resources for ?unity of command? principles. Airmen countered by citing ?centralized control? principles. Historians have often suggested that the issue of centralized command was settled by the Ba...

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The Us Air Force after Vietnam : Postwar Challenges and Potential ...

By: Donald J. Mrozek

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: The Vietnam War stands uneasily on the edge of public memory-slipping into the past and becoming part of our national history, yet still too recent to be forgotten by those who lived through its trials. But history seeks a meaning in its clouded events, a retrospective order and pattern that could instruct, and sometimes even inspire, successive generations. At present, then, Americans face the peculiar dilemma of having to respond to the impact of a war for whi...

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Air Power and the Ground War in Vietnam Ideas and Actions

By: Donald J. Mrozek

Educational Reference Publication

Excerpt: Many readily accept as a truism that US commitment to the war in Vietnam lacked unity, clarity, and coherence. But few ever state, much less accept, the corollary-that the commitment of the various parties to the war was similarly mooted. Fixed points of reference were lacking; and, without criteria for performance that might be imposed across the board on civilian and military agencies to determine mission accomplishment, the war fell between the cracks. With e...

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Strategy for Defeat : The Lutfwaffe

By: Williamson Murray

Educational Reference Publication

Introduction: As with all military thought, a wide variety of political, historical, and economic factors guided the development of air doctrines in the period between the First and Second World Wars. Yet standing above all other influences was a revulsion against the mud and despair of the trenches. Thus, it is not surprising that an Italian senior officer, Giulio Douhet, would argue that airpower could prevent the repetition of a war that had cost Italy more than 400,0...

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Aerospace Power : The Case for Indivisible Application

By: Grover E. Myers

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: The opportunities for extended research and concentrated work on a particular subject are rare for the military officer. The demands of the operations or staff environment-getting the job done-are such that chances for real reflection do not often occur. A year as a command-sponsored visiting research fellow at Air University Center for Aerospace Doctrine, Research, and Education (CADRE) presents just such an opportunity. After 16 years in the trenches, I am gra...

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Combat Operations : C3I Fundamentals and Interactions

By: George E. Orr

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: This study summarizes a wide-ranging investigation of combat operations, military theory, and command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) that occurred during my 1981?82 tour at the Airpower Research Institute (ARI) as a research associate sponsored by Air Force Systems Command (AFSC). In previous assignments, I had used my training in mathematics and computer science in formulating, implementing, and using computer models of pieces of the combat op...

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Deliberate Force a Case Study in Effective Air Campaigning

By: Col Robert C. Owen

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: Operation Deliberate Force was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air campaign conducted between 30 Au - gust and 20 September 1995 to advance the cause of peace in the Balkans region. Lt Gen Jay W. Kelley, commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and Gen James L. Jamerson, deputy commander in chief of United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, jointly chartered the Balkans Air Campaign Study (BACS) in October 1995. They ...

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The Role of Us Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War Era

By: Richard A. Paulsen

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: I arrived at SAC in January 1989 and was assigned to the Force Analysis Division, commonly referred to as the vault. One of my key responsibilities was to support commander in chief Strategic Air Command (CINCSAC) with force structure analysis and, in particular, to provide the analysis for his yearly testimony before Congress. At that time, we vigorously provided analytical support to validate strategic force modernization requirements-132 B-2s, advanced cruise...

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The World Wide Military Command and Control System Evolution and E...

By: David E. Pearson

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: Let me begin by saying what this book is not. It is not the same as the books previously written on command and control by Paul Bracken, Bruce Blair, C. Kenneth Allard, or others. The World Wide Military Command and Control System (WWMCCS) is constituted of four general types of elements: sensors, command posts, computers, and communications networks. Whereas previous books dealt mainly with the first two types, this book is concerned far more strongly with the ...

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Interagency Fratricide Policy Failures in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia

By: Vicki J. Rast

Educational Reference Publication

Introduction: Decision makers do not make choices as unitary actors. This study examines interagency conflicts within the US government?s decision-making processes in cases of coercive intervention and the manner in which such conflicts affect policies regarding termination and withdrawal. Specifically, it also examines conflict termination policies regarding the second Persian Gulf War and the Bosnia conflict.

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A War of Their Own Bombers Over the Southwest Pacific

By: Matthew K. Rodman

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: Without question, attack and bombardment aviation during World War II is a huge topic. To cover it all would quickly become a monumental task. A very interesting piece of the larger picture, however, lies tucked away in a small corner of that war. Focusing mainly upon Fifth Air Force, I have done my best to present an accurate account of the nature of the air war in the Southwest Pacific Area. This study does not presume to be an all-encompassing operational sum...

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Middle East Security Issues in the Shadow of Weapons of Mass Destr...

By: Barry R. Schneider

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: The Middle East is an international flashpoint, a place where open warfare could erupt at any time. It is the home of numerous countries possessing some combination of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) (nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons), and is an area where states are developing an increasing capability to deliver such WMD by missiles and/or aircraft. The Middle East is also the home of US friends who oppose each other as well as rogue states who are ho...

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Battlefield of the Future : 21St Century Warfare Issues

By: Barry R. Schneider

Educational Reference Publication

Introduction: This is a book about strategy and war fighting in the midst of a revolution in military affairs as the world moves into the twenty-first century. Its 11 essays examine topics such as military operations against a well-armed rogue state or NASTI (NBC-arming sponsor of terrorism and intervention) state; the potential of parallel warfare strategy for different kinds of states ; the revolutionary potential of information warfare; the lethal possibilities of bio...

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Introduction to the United States Air Force

By: B. Chance Saltzman

Educational Reference Publication

Preface: To lead the US Air Force into the future, it is necessary to understand the past and present nature of the force. With this in mind, Air Force leaders have always sought to arm members of the force with a basic knowledge and understanding of Air Force culture and history. This volume is a contribution to that ongoing educational process, but as the title states, this is only an introduction. The information provided here merely scratches the surface of the fasci...

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