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The Politics of Air Power: From Confrontation to Cooperation in Army Aviation Civil-Military Relations (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)

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The Politics of Air Power examines the turbulent development of relations between U.S. Army aviation leaders and civilian officials during the 1920s and 1930s. In the early 1920s Brigadier General William “Billy” Mitchell and a group of Army Air Service officers tried to force the creation of an independent air force against presidential wishes. They forged political alliances, used propaganda to arouse public sentiment, and circumvented their superiors to appeal directly to congressmen. Mitchell, a flamboyant, popular, and powerful personality, led these efforts and was ultimately court-martialed.

Following Mitchell, aviation leaders were careful to avoid distressing presidents, Congresses, and an American public upset at Mitchells challenges to civilian control. Tensions persisted, however, and the Air Corps took another step backward when Major General Benjamin Foulois misled Congress and the president and revived the image of the Air Corps as a radical element. Not until Major Generals Oscar Westover and “Hap” Arnold, a former radical himself, abandoned the crusade for immediate independence and emphasized cooperation within the Army and with civilian authorities did the Air Corps develop a stable and cooperative relationship with the president and Congress. Rondall R. Rice demonstrates that during the interwar period, civil-military relations between Army aviation leaders and civilian officials developed unevenly from confrontation to cooperation.

About the Author

A veteran of three wars, Rondall R. Rice has been on active duty in the United States Air Force for more than fifteen years and is an assistant professor of history at the United States Air Force Academy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803239609
Editor:
Grimsley, Mark
Editor:
Maslowski, Peter
Editor:
Grimsley, Mark
Editor:
Maslowski, Peter
Author:
Rice, Rondall R.
Publisher:
Unp - Nebraska
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Aviation
Subject:
History
Subject:
Air power
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Military-Aviation History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military
Publication Date:
20041231
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Index
Pages:
308
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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