Deliberate Force. A Case Study in Effective Air Campaigning
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL
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Operation Deliberate Force was the North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO air campaign conducted between 30 August and 20 September 1995 to advance the cause of peace in the Balkans region. Lt Gen Jay W. Kelley, commander of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and Gen James L. Jamerson, deputy commander in chief of United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, jointly chartered the Balkans Air Campaign Study BACS in October 1995. They directed the BACS team to capture the planning and operational experience of Deliberate Force on behalf of Air University students preparing for future responsibilities as air-warfare planners and leaders, and on behalf of the broader community of air-warfare thinkers. Their specffic direction entailed 1 writing a mile wide and foot deep report laying out the salient events, causal relationships, and implications of this important air campaign and 2 assembling a comprehensive archive of relevant oral and documentary evidence to support future research into the planning, execution, and diplomatic exploitation of Deliberate Force.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics