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Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air power's newly realized strengths in joint warfare, Benjamin Lambeth, a defense analyst and civilian pilot who has flown in most of the equipment described in this book, explores the extent to which the United States can now rely on air-delivered precision weapons in lieu of ground forces to achieve strategic objectives and minimize American casualties.

Beginning with the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia and detailing how failures there set the stage for a sweeping refurbishment of the nation's air warfare capability, Lambeth reviews the recent history of American air power, including its role in the Gulf War and in later conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. He examines improvements in areas ranging from hardware development to aircrew skills and organizational adaptability.

Lambeth acknowledges that the question of whether air power should operate independently or continue to support land operations is likely to remain contentious. He concludes, however, that air power, its strategic effectiveness proven, can now set the conditions for victory even from the outset of combat if applied to its fullest potential.

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"A good description of weapons development and current air force structure and mission is made even more valuable by a concluding chapter about air force philosophy, air power theory, and the battle over resources and doctrine....Recommended as a good introduction to air power technology and ideology." Library Journal

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ISBN:
9780801438165
Author:
Lambeth, Benjamin S.
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Location:
Ithaca, N.Y.
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
Military Science
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
Air power
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
United States History, Military.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
[6]
Publication Date:
20000831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.52x6.50x1.14 in. 1.49 lbs.

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