The Eagle in the Desert: Looking Back on U. S. Involvement in the Persian Gulf War

The Eagle in the Desert: Looking Back on U. S. Involvement in the Persian Gulf War

by William P. Head, Earl H. Tilford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275950255

ISBN-13: 9780275950255

Pub. Date: 02/28/1996

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

This book is a reexamination of the Persian Gulf War by a number of academic and military historians to determine what we did right, what we did wrong, and how our performance could have been improved. This study addresses the questions: Why did the war happen? Was the Gulf War a vindication of Vietnam? Did the American military really learn anything from the

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This book is a reexamination of the Persian Gulf War by a number of academic and military historians to determine what we did right, what we did wrong, and how our performance could have been improved. This study addresses the questions: Why did the war happen? Was the Gulf War a vindication of Vietnam? Did the American military really learn anything from the war in Vietnam? Did they really adapt? What did the Allies actually win in the Gulf War, if anything? Finally, have we learned anything from the Gulf War? Some authors conclude that in retrospect many analysts have become convinced that despite its military successes the United States garnered little of worth from the Gulf War. Others believe a great deal was achieved, and some have withheld final judgement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275950255
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction1
Pt. IPolitics, Alliances, and Regional Views17
1The Gulf War Coalition: The Politics and Economics of a Most Unusual Alliance21
2But Was It Jihad?: Islam and the Ethics of the Persian Gulf War47
Pt. IIBringing the Eagle to the Gulf Desert: Airlift, Supplies, and Logistics65
3Air Mobility in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm: An Assessment67
4Sustaining the War Machine: U.S. Air Force Logistics Support during the Gulf War87
Pt. IIIThe Air War: Planning and Combat107
5Thunder and Storm: Strategic Air Operations in the Gulf War111
6Parallel Warfare: What Is It? Where Did It Come From? Why Is It Important?127
7Command and Control in the Gulf War: A Military Revolution in Airpower?157
Pt. IVThe Ground War: The Army and the Marines173
8Playing in the Sandbox: Doctrine, Combat, and Outcome on the Ground175
9U.S. Marine Operations in the Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991201
Pt. VThe Navy's Role in the Gulf War223
10On the Storm's Outer Edge: U.S. Navy Operations in the Persian Gulf War225
11Sailing in the Sand: The U.S. Navy's Role in the Gulf War251
Pt. VIReexamining the Allied "Victory" in the Gulf War267
12Clausewitz's On War and the Gulf War269
13A New Covenant?: The Apostles of Douhet and the Persian Gulf War290
Selected Bibliography311
Index323
About the Editors and Contributors347

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