Storm over Iraq: air power and the Gulf War

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Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992 - History - 383 pages
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An incisive account of the Persian Gulf War, "Storm Over Iraq" shows how the success of Operation Desert Storm was the product of two decades of profound changes in the American approach to defense, military doctrine, and combat operations. The first detailed analysis of why the Gulf War could be fought the way it was, the book examines the planning and preparation for war. Richard P. Hallion argues that the ascendancy of precision air power in warfare--which fulfilled the promise that air power had held for more than seventy-five years--reflects the revolutionary adaptation of a war strategy that targets things rather than people, allowing one to control an opposing nation without destroying it.

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Written immediately after the end of the 1991 Gulf War, this remains the best single-volume history of how air power defined the shape of the war. Hallion's overarching thesis is that the U. S. Air ... Read full review

Storm over Iraq: Air Power and the Gulf War (Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series)

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Military historian Hallion has written the definitive text on the role of air power in the Gulf War. His access to recently declassified materials and to current postwar analyses has significantly ... Read full review


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Author of numerous award-winning books and formerly the Air Force Historian, Richard Hallion teaches widely at American and foreign universities and defense colleges. He has gained flying experience as a mission observer in a wide range of civil and military aircraft, served as a NASA historian, and
in 1974, joined the Smithsonian Institution as one of the founding curators of the National Air and Space Museum.

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