The Air Campaign

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In the short history of air warfare, no nation with superior air forces has ever lost a war to the force of enemy arms. In itself, however, air superiority no longer guarantees victory. Planning the aerial dimension of war must of necessity explore the complicated connection between air superiority and triumph in war. "The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat" focuses on the use of air forces at the operational level in a theater of war. It draws on fascinating historical examples from World War II and the ...
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Overview

In the short history of air warfare, no nation with superior air forces has ever lost a war to the force of enemy arms. In itself, however, air superiority no longer guarantees victory. Planning the aerial dimension of war must of necessity explore the complicated connection between air superiority and triumph in war. "The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat" focuses on the use of air forces at the operational level in a theater of war. It draws on fascinating historical examples from World War II and the Arab-Israeli wars, stressing that the mastery of operational strategy is key to victory. It stresses the importance of using air power more effectively – through mass, concentration, and economy of forces – because superiority in manpower, production capacity, and technology can no longer be assumed, even by a superpower. Topics covered include: Offensive and defensive operations; Air interdiction; Close air support; Reserves; Orchestration of war; Planning the air campaign. This book offers planners a greater understanding of how to use air power for future campaigns against a wide variety of enemy capabilities in a wide variety of air operations. It confirms that the classic principles of war also apply to air combat. Air officers who want to think about air campaigns before being called upon to command or staff one, combat officers of any service involved in operations-level staff activities, and serious students of the theory and practice of air warfare will find "The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat" an invaluable resource.
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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: 9781780391281
  • Publisher: Books Express Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (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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