Accession Number : ADA259303


Title :   The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat


Descriptive Note : Monograph


Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Warden, III, John A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a259303.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1988


Pagination or Media Count : 211


Abstract : In The Air Campaign, Colonel John A. Warden III focuses on the use of air forces at the operational level in a theater of war. The most compelling task for the theater commander, he argues, is translating national war objectives into tactical plans at operational levels. He presents his case by drawing on fascinating historical examples, stressing that the mastery of operational-level strategy can be the key to winning future wars. Colonel Warden shows us how to use air power more effectively -- through mass, concentration, and economy of forces -- because, he warns, the United States no longer holds an edge in manpower, production capacity, and technology. Simply put, an air force inferior in numbers must fight better and smarter to win. This book offers planners greater understanding of how to use air power for future air campaigns against a wide variety of enemy capabilities in a wide variety of air operations. As the reader will see, the classic principles of war also apply to air combat. One of the author's important contributions is to demonstrate that perception to those whose grave responsibility one day may be to plan and carry through a victorious air campaign.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY , *THEORY , *AERIAL WARFARE , *MILITARY PLANNING , *MILITARY ART , AIR DEFENSE , AIR FORCE , TACTICAL AIR SUPPORT , SECOND WORLD WAR , WING LEVEL ORGANIZATIONS , SQUADRONS , MILITARY COMMANDERS , LESSONS LEARNED , MILITARY DOCTRINE , THEATER LEVEL OPERATIONS , CENTER OF GRAVITY


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE