Red Air: Politics in Russian Air Power

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Universal-Publishers, 2007 - History - 384 pages
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The pursuit of national security is normally dominated by an overeaching ideology that takes into account the political, economic, social and military paradigms that face a nation. In the history of the Soviet Union this ideology was more than normally influenced by political activism that demanded the continuation of the 'Workers' Revolution' into other parts of the world. Since the military forms an integral part of the governmental apparatus, its utilisation in the pursuit of securing national security is considered a legitimate and normal action. The Soviet Union built up the world's largest military force in an effort to ensure that the nation would have the necessary 'super power' status to counter-balance the growing power and influence of the United States of America. The ideologies of both the nations were diametrically opposed to each other and formed the basis for the now defunct Cold War that enveloped the entire world for five decades. It is therefore, not surprising that the military forces of both sides were influenced heavily by the respective ideologies. This book looks at the development of the Russian concept of air warfare and studies the impact of ideology on its development. It is seen that in the Soviet Union ideology had thwarted free flowing doctrinal thinking, the absolute cornerstone for the building of a strong and efficient fighting force. An analysis of the factors that have affected the formulation of doctrine in the Soviet Union, both from a historic as well as from a war-fighting point of view, reveals the lacunae that existed in the system. While accepting that political control of the military forces is a necessity, the study demonstrates the detrimental effect of excessive control of doctrinal and strategic thinking on the performance of the force.
 

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Contents

The Korean War A Limited Test for the Soviet Air Force
182
The Wars in the Middle East
189
Indo Pakistan Wars
193
The Vietnam War
196
Weapons Performance and Manoeuverability
199
THE INTERFACE OF IDEOLOGY HISTORY DOCTRINE AND TECHNOLOGY
207
The Post war Soviet Air Force
208
Continuity Through Military History
211

Developments up to the First World War
33
First World War 19141918
38
Impact of First World War on Air Power
43
SOVIET AIR POWER 1917 TO 1930
51
Lessons from Combat Operations 19171923
54
German Influence
56
The Red Air Force 19241930
58
RUSSIAN SECURITY PERCEPTIONS
67
Impact of Geography on Soviet Military Tradition
70
The Historical Roots of Soviet Military Tradition
75
The Bolshevik Revolution and the Military
79
Security Perceptions and Military Doctrine
82
THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOVIET AIR POWER DOCTRINE
91
First World War
92
The Classical Theorists of Air Power
94
Changes and Choices between the Wars
100
Soviet Doctrine Development up to 1941
104
Prior to 1941
110
THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 19411945
123
The Soviet Air Forces
130
Combat Operations of the Red Air Force
135
The Role of the Red Air Force in the Second World War
145
THE CONFLUENCE OF POLITICAL IDEOLOGY AND DOCTRINE IN THE SOVIET MILITARY
157
The Beginning Marx Engels and Lenin
158
The Militarisation of Ideology
159
Soviet National Strategy
162
Influences on Soviet Military Doctrine
165
Ideology and Military Theory
169
SOVIET AIR FORCES IN THE NEW AGE OF AIR POWER
175
Russian Air Forced and Emerging Technologies
178
Development of Modern Warfare Concepts
219
Doctrinal Impact on Training and Aircraft Design
223
CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE SOVIET TACTICAL AIR FORCES
231
The Phase of Reevaluation and Peaceful Coexistence
234
The Consolidation of Soviet Tactical Aviation
240
Cold War National Strategy and Air Power Doctrine
247
The Role of the CPSU in Formulation Military Doctrine
249
PERESTROIKA NEW PARADIGMS FOR THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCES
259
The Application of New Thinking to Military Doctrine
262
The Soviet Military Coping with Change
267
Ideology Politics Doctrine and Military Science
272
TRANSFORMATION OF THE RUSSIAN AIR FORCE
279
Russian Air Force Changing Thoughts on the New Air War
281
Development of a New Military Doctrine
286
Lifeline of the Russian Air Force
291
BLUEPRINT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
303
Russias National Security Concepts
304
New Military Doctrine
307
Phoenix Rising
311
CONCLUSION
327
APPENDICES
335
Chronological Milestones
337
Theoretical Framework for the Study of War
345
BIBLIOGRAPHY
347
Books
349
Independent Reports
363
Periodicals
365
Official Reports
369
Websites
371
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