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The paths of heaven : the evolution of airpower theory

Author: Phillip S Meilinger; Air University (U.S.). School of Advanced Airpower Studies.
Publisher: Maxwell AFB, Ala. : Air University Press, 1997.
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Even though Airpower has come to play an increasingly important role in both peace and war, the basic concepts that define and govern airpower remain obscure even to professional military officers. It is important for airmen to understand the theory of airpower. Airpower may not always provide the only solution to a problem, but the advantages of speed, range, flexibility and vantage point offered through the air  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip S Meilinger; Air University (U.S.). School of Advanced Airpower Studies.
ISBN: 1585660272 9781585660278
OCLC Number: 37211206
Description: xxx, 650 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Giulio Douhet and the origins of airpower theory / Phillip S. Meilinger --
Trenchard, Slessor, and Royal Air Force doctrine before World War II / Phillip S. Meilinger --
Molding airpower convictions : development and legacy of William Mitchell's strategic thought / Mark A. Clodfelter --
The influence of aviation on the evolution of American naval thought / David R. Mets --
5. Airpower thought in continental Europe between the Wars / James S. Corum --
Interwar US Army Aviation and the Air Corps Tactical School : incubators of American airpower / Peter R. Faber --
Alexander P. de Seversky and American airpower / Phillip S. Meilinger --
Strategic airpower and nuclear strategy : new theory for not-quite-so-new apocalypse / Karl P. Mueller --
Air theory, Air Force, and low intensity conflict : a short journey to confusion / Dennis M. Drew --
John Boyd and John Warden : airpower's quest for strategic paralysis / David S. Fadok --
An ambivalent partnership : US Army and Air Force perspectives on air-ground operations / Harold L. Winton --
The evolution of NATO air doctrine / Maris "Buster" McCrabb --
Soviet military air doctrine and air theory : change through the light of a storm / Edward J. Felker --
Ascendant realms : characteristics of air power and space power / Bruce M. DeBlois --
Reflections on the search for airpower theory / I.B. Holley, Jr.
Responsibility: by the School of Advanced Airpower Studies ; edited by Phillip S. Meilinger ; [with a foreword by Ronald R. Fogleman].

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Even though Airpower has come to play an increasingly important role in both peace and war, the basic concepts that define and govern airpower remain obscure even to professional military officers. It is important for airmen to understand the theory of airpower. Airpower may not always provide the only solution to a problem, but the advantages of speed, range, flexibility and vantage point offered through the air and space environment make airpower a powerful instrument for meeting the needs of the nation. War has been fundamentally transformed by the advent of the airplane. This book is a valuable means of increasing our expertise in the employment of airpower. It offers an outstanding overview of airpower theories and will serve as the basic text on this vital subject. It will serve as a primer and an analytical treatment of airpower theory for students of modern war. The contributors, all from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies ₁ the descendant of the Air Corps Tactical School ₁ at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, USA, are highly qualified experts to tackle this subject.

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