The Emancipation of Airpower
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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On 17 January 1991, air forces led by the United States banded together to extract the army of Iraq from the Emirate of Kuwait. This air campaign would be the decisive element of the Persian Gulf War and would be the most significant campaign in the history of airpower. The title of this paper is taken from a chapter in Major Alexander De Severskys book on the use of airpower Victory through Airpower, published in 1942. This paper analyzes early theories on the use of airpower how airpower was misused and how airpower evolved since World War II. For the first ninety years of powered flight, the promises and expectations for the employment of airpower as a military weapon exceeded its capabilities. Analysis is conducted as to what made the Persian Gulf Air Campaign different from the previous uses of airpower. Observations are made that airpower was at last employed as early air power theorists promised.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics