A History of Air Warfare

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John Andreas Olsen
Potomac Books, Inc., 2010 - History - 488 pages
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***Selected for the 2010 Chief of the United States Air Force's Reading List***This one-volume anthology provides a comprehensive analysis of the role that air power has played in military conflicts over the past century. Comprising sixteen essays penned by a global cadre of leading military experts, "A History of Air Warfare" chronologically examines the utility of air power from the First World War to the second Lebanon war, campaign by campaign. Each essay lays out the objectives, events, and key players of the conflict in question, reviews the role of air power in the strategic and operational contexts, and explores the interplay between the political framework and military operations proper. The concluding section offers wider perspectives by focusing on air and space power in both unconventional and conventional warfare from 1913 to the present. More than a simple homage to air power, "A History of Air Warfare" exposes air power s strengths and weaknesses and, where relevant, illuminates the challenges of joint operations and coalition warfare. Because of its critical approach, even treatment, and historical background, the book will appeal to modern warfare scholars, air power specialists, and general readers interested in military history alike. "
 

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Contents

19141945
1
19451990
81
19902000
175
20002006
253
PERSPECTIVES
325
Notes
395
Selected Bibliography
441
Index
453
Biographical Notes
481
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Colonel John Andreas Olsen is general deputy director in the Norwegian Ministry of Defence and visiting professor at the Swedish National Defence College. Professor Olsen is the author of "Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm" and "John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power", and the editor of "A History of Air Warfare, Global Air Power, Air Commanders", and "European Air Power".

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