Warden and the Air Corps Tactical School
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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This study answers the following questions Is John A. Warden IIIs, The Enemy as a System analogous to the Air Corps Tactical Schools ACTS industrial web theory of airpower employment If so why given the 50 plus years between development of these theories If not, what are the prime sources of divergence The author first describes both theories using an outline from which they are compared on an apples to apples basis. From this analysis, similarities and differences are presented. Next, the author discusses contextual factors affecting development of both theories. A baseline is developed from which factors from both eras are compared. After linking relevant contextual factors of the 192Os-3Os and 198Os-9Os, the author explains why the theories of ACTS and Warden are more similar than different. Finally, implications are drawn from the preceding analysis to address the issue of how airpower theory should be developed.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics