Bombing to Win; Air Power and Coercion in War

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From Iraq to Bosnia to North Korea, the first question in American foreign policy debates is increasingly: Can air power alone do the job? Robert A. Pape provides a systematic answer. Analyzing the results of over thirty air campaigns, including a detailed reconstruction of the Gulf War, he argues that the key to success is attacking the enemy's military strategy, not its economy, people, or leaders. Coercive air power can succeed, but not as cheaply as air enthusiasts would ...

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Overview

From Iraq to Bosnia to North Korea, the first question in American foreign policy debates is increasingly: Can air power alone do the job? Robert A. Pape provides a systematic answer. Analyzing the results of over thirty air campaigns, including a detailed reconstruction of the Gulf War, he argues that the key to success is attacking the enemy's military strategy, not its economy, people, or leaders. Coercive air power can succeed, but not as cheaply as air enthusiasts would like to believe.

Pape examines the air raids on Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq as well as those of Israel versus Egypt, providing details of bombing and governmental decision making. His detailed narratives of the strategic effectiveness of bombing range from the classical cases of World War II to an extraordinary reconstruction of airpower use in the Gulf War, based on recently declassified documents.

In the first major book since the Vietnam War on the theory and practice of airpower and its political effects, Robert A. Pape helps policy makers judge the purpose of various air strategies, and helps general readers understand the policy debates.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801431340
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: 11/29/2006
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Why Study Military Coercion? 1
2 Explaining Military Coercion 12
3 Coercive Air Power 55
4 Japan, 1944-1945 87
5 Korea, 1950-1953 137
6 Vietnam, 1965-1972 174
7 Iraq, 1991 211
8 Germany, 1942-1945 254
9 Beyond Strategic Bombing 314
Appendix: Coding Cases of Coercive Air Power 332
Index 359
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