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Airwar : Essays on its Theory and Practice - Phillip S. Meilinger


Essays on its Theory and Practice

Paperback Published: 29th April 2004
ISBN: 9780714682662
Number Of Pages: 234

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These essays cover a wide range of subjects and tell the story of air power's evolution over the past century. The author discusses the golden age of air theory before World War II, examining the ideas of British, American and continental airmen. In the great test of World War II, he covers some of the key roles played by air power in both Europe and the Pacific.
Reviewing the Cold War era, Meilinger relates how airmen had to grapple not only with nuclear war planning, but also the requirement to wage limited wars in Korea and Vietnam. After the fall of the Soviet Union airmen once again had to rethink the role of air power, while also waging decisive air campaigns in Iraq and the Balkans. The final essays deal with the opportunities presented by what is now termed aerospace power, as well as some of the challenges of the new millennium.

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"All of the various chapters are well prepared, interesting, and generally worh reading....The wide range of subjects and their scholarly analyses deserve the attention of any reader interested in air power." -"Air Power History

Series Editor's Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Giulio Douhet and the Origins of Air-Power Theoryp. 7
Trenchard and 'Morale Bombing': The Evolution of Royal Air Force Doctrine before World War IIp. 36
John C. Slessor and the Genesis of Air Interdictionp. 64
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Britain's Fleet Air Arm before World War IIp. 75
The Impact of Technology and Design Choice on the Development of US Fighter Aircraftp. 86
Clipping the Bomber's Wings: The Geneva Disarmament Conference and the Royal Air Force, 1932-34p. 104
Air Power and Joint Operations during World War IIp. 129
The B-29 Air Campaign against Japanp. 152
Air Strategy: Targeting for Effectp. 170
Precision Aerospace Power, Discrimination and the Future of Warp. 187
Gradual Escalation: A Return to the Future?p. 199
The Versailles Treaty and Iraq: On the Road to Munichp. 202
Aerospace Power and the Post-Kosovo Worldp. 208
Strategic Implications for the Aerospace Nationp. 217
Indexp. 231
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ISBN: 9780714682662
ISBN-10: 0714682667
Series: Cass Series--Studies in Air Power,
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 234
Published: 29th April 2004
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 16.0  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1