Air Warfare Confronts an Unstable World

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Air Power Confronts an Unstable World is a series of essays that examine the critical role of air power in international security, focussing on how it can influence both combat and humanitarian operations. This is the first book to look systematically at air power issues from strategy through targeting and the effects of air operations to air power force projection. It has a strong analytical approach and its provocative arguments and insights are all thoroughly rooted in history and experience, from the birth of...
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Overview

Air Power Confronts an Unstable World is a series of essays that examine the critical role of air power in international security, focussing on how it can influence both combat and humanitarian operations. This is the first book to look systematically at air power issues from strategy through targeting and the effects of air operations to air power force projection. It has a strong analytical approach and its provocative arguments and insights are all thoroughly rooted in history and experience, from the birth of air power up to the Bosnian air campaign of 1995. It is totally contemporary, the essays having all been completed since late summer 1996. The contributors are among the most distinguished authorities on air power in the English-speaking world and include both academics and senior serving and retired officers from the USA, Great Britain and Australia. This is the first book to tap the experience of such a distinguished group of authors writing in a post-Gulf War, post-Cold War environment.
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Essays examine the role of air power in international security, focusing on how it can influence both combat and humanitarian operations. Contributions from both academics and senior serving and retired officers from the US, Great Britain, and Australia look systematically at air power issues from strategy through targeting and the effects of air operations to air power force projection. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781857532388
  • Publisher: Brassey's UK, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Biographical Notes
Acknowledgments
Preface: The Changing Nature of Air Warfare
Introduction: Air Power Past, Present and Future 1
1 Doctrine, Technology and Air Warfare 13
2 Air Targeting Strategies: An Overview 51
3 Shattering Impact: The Psychology of Air Attack 83
4 Precision Air Attack in the Modern Era 111
5 Joint Air Warfare: Halfway There 139
6 Operations in Search of a Title: Air Power in Operations Other Than War 157
7 'You'll Remember the Quality Long After You've Forgotten the Cost': Structuring Air Power for the Small Air Force 179
8 The New Calculus: The Future of Air Power in Light of its Growing Qualitative Edge 203
Afterward: Challenges and Opportunities 227
Index 241
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