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The Battle of Britain: The First Integrated Air Defense System

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[Technical Report, Monograph]

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies

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The Battle for Britain is the only campaign to be fought and won solely by airpower. The research question explored in this monograph was How did the British integrated air defense system prevent the Luftwaffe from setting the requirements for a German invasion of Great Britain The British were victorious because their layered defense plan presented multiple simultaneous problems to the unescorted German bombers, preventing them from focusing on their assigned mission. The secret use of radar resulted in the British RAF being capable of predetermining a location of their time and choosing for the British fighter squadrons to engage the bombers. The ability of the British to understand the changes in the operational environment more swiftly than the Germans resulted in their ability to operate within Germanys decision-making cycle. The design of Col John Boyds concept of OODA loop is to help better understand the continually changing environment faster than the enemy is to present multiple problems for them to solve, preventing them from achieving their mission. Significant to todays operational environment is how technology can help process the information at the faster speeds and speed up the process to understand the battlefield faster and to operate more quickly than the enemy is capable.


Subject Categories:

  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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[A, Approved For Public Release]