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A League of Airmen: IU. S. Air Power in the Gulf War

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The war in the Persian Gulf was one of the most thoroughly reported and commented-on military actions in U.S. history. It etched a series of vivid media images in the public mind. Most of these images featured air power and associated technology. The impact of these images, in conjunction with the fact that for many months air forces alone waged the campaigns only offensive operations, have helped to shape the widely held perception that air power was decisive in defeating Iraq. Since the wars end, defense analysts and scholars have vigorously debated the validity of this perception. Some have argued that air power could have won the war alone, without the employment of ground forces, if only given more time to work. Others have disputed the validity and effectiveness of certain aspects of the air war, such as the strategic campaign. Yet others have focused on the shortcomings of some weapon systems to bolster their argument that air power performance was inadequate. In an era of shrinking budgets and reduced forces, it becomes increasingly important to understand the potential contributions and limitations of various force elements. In this volume the authors have attempted to evaluate the claims and counterclaims of the current air power debate and to provide a comprehensive and objective account of the contributions and limitations of air power in the Gulf War.

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  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Government and Political Science
  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Intelligence
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

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