Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists (Modern War Studies Series) / Edition 1

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The use of airpower in wartime calls to mind the massive bombings of World War II, but airplanes have long been instrumental in small wars as well. Ever since its use by the French to put down rebellious Moroccan tribes in 1913, airpower has been employed to fight in limited but often lengthy small conflicts around the globe.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700612406
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 507
  • Sales rank: 1,142,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Maps and Illustrations
Introduction 1
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
10 Conclusion 423
Notes 441
Bibliographical Essay 495
Index 497
About the Authors 507
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