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SLUMLORDS: Aerospace Power in Urban Fights
INST FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES US AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO
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Airmen know the urban fight. Airmen of 5th Air Force coordinated Marine Corsair strikes in the campaign for Seoul, Korea, 1950. Airmen of 7th Air Force struggled through gloomy skies to put 500 lb bombs on North Vietnamese Army positions in the Citadel of Hue, Vietnam, during the Tet Offensive, 1968. Special Operations airmen directed their Vulcan and Bofors cannons against Panamanian Defense Forces during Operation JUST CAUSE, 1989. Airmen of the Central Command Air Forces applied decisive force in the streets of Baghdad, Kuwait City, and Khafji during the Persian Gulf War, 1991. 51st Fighter Wing airmen from Osan Air Base, South Korea, are ready to halt North Korean forces in the urbanized environs of Seoul. Airmen have known urban warfare since their birth. Past participation, however, does not mean current readiness to effectively apply force across the range of potential urban combat operations as a critical member of the joint force. For this, airmen must renew and overhaul their perspective on the urban fight.
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