Accession Number:

AD1042203

Title:

Casualty Insurance: Airpower's Double Indemnity

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

School of Advanced Air And Space Studies, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

100.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE