Accession Number:

ADA509931

Title:

Divine Victory for Whom? Airpower in the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL STRATEGIC STUDIES QUARTERLY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

45.0

Abstract:

Air warfare is inherently a difficult to imagine activity, and images of urban devastation, carpet bombing, and mass civilian casualties dominate public discourse. With the emergence of 247 television and the Internet in the 1990s--a period that also coincided with the maturation of precision weapons and airpower as the dominant component of strategic warfare--the challenge of seeing airpower ironically magnified even more. Air warfare statistics and gun camera video accumulated, but they communicated video game heartlessness and suggested perfection while emphasizing the almost industrial nature of the air warfare enterprise Airmen even spoke of the production of sorties. Habitual operational security and the sensitivity of operating from foreign bases, together with the internal challenges of jointness, further constrained the telling of the airpower story.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE