Accession Number:

ADA439960

Title:

Lucrative Targets: The U.S. Air Force in the Kuwaiti Theater of Operations

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE HISTORICAL STUDIES OFFICE BOLLING AFB DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

252.0

Abstract:

During the late 1970s, the United States began revitalizing its Air Force and other military services. By the close of the 1980s, America had built a force structure that stood ready for a test that, very fortunately, it never had to meet a major war in Europe. The United States faced this dangerous possibility for more than 40 years until, in 1989, the Soviet Union abruptly collapsed. Americans were still sorting out the implications of this sudden change in world affairs in August 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait and precipitated a crisis that led to the military conflict in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Air Force found itself at war -- although not the one it had prepared for, against the Warsaw Pact powers -- but one against Saddam Husseins heavily armed regime. This monograph is one in a series of five works dealing with various aspects of the Air Forces participation in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In two other volumes, William T. YBlood details the Air Forces deployment to the Gulf in a third, Diane T. Putney analyzes the planning of the air campaign and, in a fourth, Richard G. Davis discusses the air operations against targets in Iraq. As this monograph goes to press during the spring of 2001, the Air Force is passing through a dynamic period of reorganization and change. The era when a large U.S. Air Force defended the United States against a single preeminent threat, Soviet aggression, has ended. During the years ahead, a smaller Air Force will support the interests of the nation, under diverse circumstances around the globe. While the U.S. Air Force continues to ensure that the United States has a global reach and can project global power, the service will greatly benefit from the lessons it learned during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE