The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat

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Since its original publication The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat has been translated into more than a half dozen languages and is in use at military colleges throughout the world. This book would later serve as the basis for the planning of much of the Gulf War air campaign. Generals Schwarzkopf and Powell credited Col. Warden with creating the air campaign that defeated Iraq in the Gulf War. This new edition includes a new epilogue where Col. Warden has refined and extended many of the ideas presented in the...
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Overview

Since its original publication The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat has been translated into more than a half dozen languages and is in use at military colleges throughout the world. This book would later serve as the basis for the planning of much of the Gulf War air campaign. Generals Schwarzkopf and Powell credited Col. Warden with creating the air campaign that defeated Iraq in the Gulf War. This new edition includes a new epilogue where Col. Warden has refined and extended many of the ideas presented in the original book. The most significant of these refinements is the development of the theory of the enemy as system-which flows from the center of gravity concepts developed in the first edition.
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Editorial Reviews

Colin Powell
The Air Force staff quickly came up with an air campaign, the brainchild of Colonel John Warden, a brilliant, brash fighter pilot and a leading Air Force intellectual on the use of air power.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Less than a week had passed since I'd called the Pentagon for help, yet Warden and his team had put together a remarkably good plan...Warden had come up with a strategy designed to cripple Iraq's military without laying waste to a country.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583481004
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii
Foreword ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvi
Introduction xvii
The Air Campaign in Prospect 1
1 Air Superiority--The Concept 10
2 Offense or Defense--The Chess Game 21
3 Offensive Operations 33
4 Defensive Operations 56
5 Limited Options 66
6 Interdiction 71
7 Close Air Support 86
8 Reserves 98
9 The Orchestration of War 109
10 Planning the Air Campaign 128
The Air Campaign in Retrospect 141
Epilogue 144
Endnotes 162
Select Bibliography 170
Index 173
The Author 179
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