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From the Publisher"John Olsen’s new book builds on the enormous success of his earlier work, A History of Air Warfare, which has become essential reading for all students of air power. On this occasion, he brings together the first comparative study of how six major air forces—including the Royal Air Force, the world’s first independent air force—have evolved since their conception, how they have been shaped by national considerations, and how they responded, in their different ways, to the significant challenges and opportunities that air power has experienced over its short history. In doing so, Olsen provides a vital insight into how air power has influenced the conduct of modern warfare and how it might develop in the future. Global Air Power will, I am sure, join its predecessor as a must read for anyone interested in the art of warfare."
"Global Air Power offers an original perspective on the development of air power around the world, placing military decisions into larger historical, political, and social frameworks. Analysis by leading scholars provides insight into the conditions and worldviews that shaped diverse air forces and gave them their unique character. This has special relevance for airmen today, when success in constituting and projecting air power depends on understanding not only the technical capabilities of air forces, but also the principles that govern how our allies and adversaries apply those capabilities. I strongly recommend this excellent book."
"Military air power is less than 100 years old, yet today no land or sea force can prevail in battle when opposed by a capable, well-led air force. Global Air Power traces how air forces in a range of countries found their rightful roles in the context of national priorities and achieved preeminence despite entrenched beliefs in the primacy of land and sea forces. This book should be required reading for all military leaders, present and future."
"John Olsen stands forth as a leader for his work in the field of air power. While many others limit their analysis to the tactical level, John delves into the strategic realm of this medium, providing critical insights about how leaders employ air power and what it means to be 'air-minded.' His work is essential reading for anyone interested in the wise and effective application of strategic military power."
"Olsen’s Global Air Power provides a balanced and comprehensive insight into historical air power evolutionary trends, and is essential reading for any serious disciple of air power; but especially in an age of fiscal austerity, we should be cautious not to overlook Stephens’ lesson from Vietnam whereby even a non-air power nation was able to defeat the might of the French, then American militaries without any investment in the air at all."
"Col John Olsen is one of the dominant voices in airpower history and operations in the world today. His books should be required reading for everyone in uniform."—Phillip S. Meilinger, PhD, Colonel, USAF, Retired, Strategic Studies Quarterly