Inherently Offensive: Airpower and the Dialectic with Defense
School of Advanced Air And Space Studies, Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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This thesis contains an analysis of the technologies throughout history that challenge the offensive utility of the air weapon. The author examines a sampling of technologies from World War II through Korea such as radar, electronic attack, flak, and Window. Next, the author assesses surface-to-air missiles, radar-homing-and-warning systems, anti-radiation missiles, integrated air defense systems, stealth, and precision weapons to determine their effects on the offensive prowess of airpower. Next, the work surveys technologies from the present day and near future such as modern stealth, advanced surface-to-air missiles, advanced electronic attack, decoys, and swarm technology.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics