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Air Occupation: A Strategic and Operational Planning Option.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper defines, clarifies and investigates the Air Force concept of air occupation. The Post Cold War era with new doctrines and declining force structures requires new thinking about the application of military power. Moreover, this new thinking is occurring under a continuation of Clausewitzs limited war paradigm. By first putting limited war in perspective today, and then defining air occupation, will set the stage for a historical examination of air occupation. The British use of air occupation in Mesopotamia between the World Wars provides a historical example to clarify air occupation and put the concept in context for today. This historical investigation concludes with current Air Force operations in the no-fly zones over Iraq today.
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