The Strategic Bomber and Low-Intensity Conflict
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The value of strategic long range bombers as a key component of the United States nuclear deterrent force has been well established. The utility of employing these same aircraft in conventional operations has been demonstrated, although less well accepted. As the probability of major conflict with the Soviet Union declines in the 1990s, the likelihood that the United States will find itself engaged in a Third World conflict is increasing. This paper examines the feasibility of employing the strategic bomber in low-intensity conflict scenarios. Furthermore, it proposes that the conventional B-52G has the potential to increase the United States options, flexibility, and responsiveness to conflicts in the Third World. The B-52 is an available and cost effective interim alternative until either the B-1b or b-2 can fully assume a dedicated conventional role. Keywords Low intensity conflict, Strategic bombing, Bomber aircraft, Theses.
- Unconventional Warfare