Craig F. Morris explores the beginnings of American strategic bombing theory, why it changed over time, the factors that shaped that change, and how technology molded military doctrine. This much-needed book provides a full spectrum discussion of the American strategic bombing concept in a way that advances aviation history.
In the minds of forward thinking aerial theorists the new technology of the airplane removed the limitations of geography, defenses, and operational reach that had restricted ground and naval forces since the dawn of human conflict. With aviation, a nation could avoid costly traditional military campaigns and attack the industrial heart of an enemy using long-range bombers. Yet, the acceptance of strategic bombing doctrine proved a hard-fought process. This is not the story of any one person or event; instead, it is a twisting tale of individual efforts, organizational infighting, political priorities, and technological integration. By tracing the complex interrelationships of these four causal factors, this book provides a greater understanding of the origins and rise to dominance of American strategic bombing theory.
About the Author
LT. COL. CRAIG F. MORRIS, USAF, PhD is an assistant professor of history at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he teaches courses on world history, aviation history, military history, and the history of technology. He is a twenty-five-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force with assignments in intelligence and air campaign planning.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 A Late-Night Wake-Up Call in Mexico 11
Chapter 2 The War in Europe 33
Chapter 3 The Birth of American Strategic Bombing Theory 60
Chapter 4 The Hard Realities of War 86
Chapter 5 Solidifying Doctrine through History 112
Chapter 6 Strategic Bombing to the Periphery 135
Chapter 7 Marrying Technology and Doctrine 160
Chapter 8 The Triumph of the Bomber Advocates 179