Accession Number : ADA262658


Title :   American Airpower: The Emergence of a Dominant Tactical Advantage


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept.


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Soucy, II, Robert R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a262658.pdf


Report Date : 14 Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 58


Abstract : This monograph discusses the importance of understanding US airpower (Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army) in order to better appreciate its tactical contribution to joint warfighting. Even after the Persian Gulf war misunderstandings persist and seem to come about because of fixations on roles and performances in earlier eras. Historical examples and quantitative data are used to present a more realistic picture of present US airpower capabilities. The monograph uses four historical examples to provide a broad perspective on how US airpower matured. Tactical airpower impacts are traced starting with the battle for Buna in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. The analysis continues with the defense of the Pusan perimeter in the Korean war, the US response to the 1972 invasion of the South by North Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf war. Quantifiable airpower characteristics for each period complement the qualitative historical evidence. The analysis closes with the highlighting of enduring strengths and recurring weaknesses.... American airpower, 1972 Invasion of S. Vietnam, Battle for Buna - WWII, Persian Gulf War, Pusan Perimeter Battle - Korea.


Descriptors :   *AIR POWER , *MILITARY HISTORY , AIR FORCE , ARMY , BATTLES , IMPACT , KOREA , MARINE CORPS , MILITARY TACTICS , NAVY , NORTH VIETNAM , PERSIAN GULF , RESPONSE


Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE