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This is the first comprehensive history of airpower in small wars-conflicts pitting states against non-state groups such as insurgents, bandits, factions, and terrorists-tracing it from the early years of the twentieth century to the present day. It examines dozens of conflicts with strikingly different scenarios: the Greek Civil War, the Philippine Anti-Huk campaign, French and British colonial wars, the war in South Vietnam before the American escalation, counterinsurgency in southern Africa, Latin American counterguerrilla operations, and counterinsurgency and counterterrorist campaigns in the Middle East over the last four decades.
For each war, the authors describe the strategies employed on both sides of the conflict, the air forces engaged, and the specific airpower tactics employed. They discuss the ground campaigns and provide the political background necessary to understand the air campaigns, and in each case they judge the utility of airpower in its broadest sense. In their historic sweep, they show how forms of airpower evolved from planes to police helicopters, aircraft of the civilian air reserve, and today's unmanned aircraft. They also disclose how small wars after World War II required new strategies, operational solutions, and tactics.
By taking this broad view of small-war airpower, the authors are able to make assessments about the most effective and least effective means of employing airpower. They offer specific conclusions ranging from the importance of comprehensive strategy to the need for the United States and its allies to expand small-wars training programs. Airpower in Small Wars will be invaluable for educating military professionals and policy makers in the subject as well as for providing a useful framework for developing more effective doctrine for employing airpower in the conflicts we are most likely to see in the twenty-first century.
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|1||Biplanes and Bandits: The Early U.S. Airpower Experience in Small Wars||11|
|2||Colonial Air Control: The European Powers Develop New Concepts of Air Warfare||51|
|3||The Greek Civil War and the Phillipine Anti-Huk Campaign||93|
|4||The French Colonial Wars, 1946-1962: Indochina and Algeria||139|
|5||The British Colonial Wars, 1945-1975: Malaya, South Arabia, and Oman||179|
|6||Airpower in South Vietnam, 1954-1965||225|
|7||Airpower and Counterinsurgency in Southern Africa||279|
|8||Protracted Insurgencies: Latin American Air Forces in Counterguerilla Operations||325|
|9||Intervention in the Mideast, 1962-2000: Three Counterinsurgency Campaigns||379|
|About the Authors||507|