Global Air Power

Overview

What influences have shaped air power since human flight became a reality more than a hundred years ago? Global Air Power provides insight into the evolution of air power theory and practice by examining the experience of six of the world’s largest air forces—those of the United Kingdom,United States, Israel, Russia, India, and China—and of representative smaller air forces in Pacific Asia, Latin America, and continental Europe. The chapters, all written by highly regarded scholars, explore how various nations ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (15) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $6.27   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Global Air Power

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$19.49
BN.com price
(Save 44%)$35.00 List Price

Overview

What influences have shaped air power since human flight became a reality more than a hundred years ago? Global Air Power provides insight into the evolution of air power theory and practice by examining the experience of six of the world’s largest air forces—those of the United Kingdom,United States, Israel, Russia, India, and China—and of representative smaller air forces in Pacific Asia, Latin America, and continental Europe. The chapters, all written by highly regarded scholars, explore how various nations have integrated air power into their armed forces and how they have applied air power in both regular and irregular warfare and in peacetime operations.They cover the organizational, professional, and doctrinal issues that air forces confronted in the past, the lessons learned from victory and defeat, and emerging challenges and opportunities.

Further, Global Air Power supplements the traditional military perspective with examinations of the ideological, economic, and cultural factors that give air forces their distinctive character. Chapters show how the interplay among these internal factors, together with external challenges, determines the structure, role, and effectiveness of air forces. Together, these chapters illuminate universal trends as well as similarities and differences among the world’s air forces. Its combination of military history and sociopolitical analysis makes Global Air Power especially valuable to a broad range of historians, air power specialists, and general readers interested in national defense and international relations.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597975551
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Andreas Olsen is the deputy commander and chief of the NATO Advisory Team at NATO’s headquarters in Sarajevo, and visiting professor of operational art and tactics at the Swedish National Defence College. Previously he was the dean of the Norwegian Defence University College and head of its division for strategic studies. His earlier publications include John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007) and A History of Air Warfare (Potomac Books, Inc., 2010). He has lectured widely in Europe and the United States. He lives in Oslo, Norway.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Introduction xv

Part I 1

1 British Air Power Tony Mason 7

2 U.S. Air Power Richard P. Hallion 63

3 Israeli Air Power Itai Brun 137

Part II 173

4 Soviet-Russian Air Power Sanu Kainikara 179

5 Indian Air Power Jasjit Singh 219

6 Chinese Air Power Xiaoming Zhang 259

Part III 295

7 The Asia Pacific Region Alan Stephens 299

8 Latin America James S. Corum 335

9 Continental Europe Christian F. Anrig 373

Afterword: The Future of Air Power David A. Deptula 409

Notes 417

Selected Bibliography 495

Index 513

Biographical Notes 533

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)