Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah: Learning from Lebanon and Getting It Right in Gaza

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Rand Corporation, Apr 28, 2011 - History - 442 pages
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Examines the inconclusive results of the Israeli Defense Forces’ operation in Lebanon after Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers in 2006, which many believe represents a “failure of air power." The author demonstrates that this is an oversimplification of a more complex reality and contrasts the operation with Israel’s counteroffensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Highlights of the Campaign
13
Key Israeli Air Accomplishments
73
Problem in Air Employment
135
The Winograd Commissions Findings
199
A Second Chance in Gaza
221
The Second Lebanon War Reconsidered
277
Conclusions
335
Bibliography
345
Index
367
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Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a position he assumed in 2011 following a 37-year career at the RAND Corporation. A long-time specialist in international security affairs and air warfare, he has extensive flight experience in more than 40 different combat aircraft types worldwide and is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power.

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