American Carrier Air Power at the Dawn of a New Century

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Rand Corporation, May 22, 2006 - Political Science - 138 pages
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In the Afghanistan war, U.S. carrier-based fighters substituted almost entirely for land-based theater air forces. The Navy's carriers again played a key role in conducting around-the-clock operations against Saddam Hussein's forces in Iraq. American carrier air power is now able to conduct coordinated deep-strike missions well beyond coastal reaches. The Navy's performance over Afghanistan and Iraq showed how the nation's carrier force can provide around-the-clock target coverage, consistently accurate target attack, and multiple successful target attacks per sortie.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
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CHAPTER TWO Carrier Air over Afghanistan
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CHAPTER THREE Operation Iraqi Freedom
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CHAPTER FOUR A New Carrier Operating Concept
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CHAPTER FIVE The NextGeneration Carrier
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CHAPTER SIX The Changing Face of American Carrier Air Power
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CHAPTER SEVEN Conclusions
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Bibliography
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