Casualty Insurance: Airpower's Double Indemnity
School of Advanced Air And Space Studies, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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From Sun Tzu to Carl von Clausewitz, many theorists have attempted to explain the intricacies of war so that it could be fought and won efficiently. From its origins, airpower was believed to make war more humane through its inherent ability to attack quickly and discriminately, ultimately leading to fewer casualties. Following Clausewitzs trinity of violence, uncertainty, and logic, this thesis suggests that wars nature and the requirement for efficiency in conflict influences airpower innovation. This thesis proposes that the logic of self-preservation and casualty-aversion has driven airpower innovation since the end of the Vietnam conflict.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics