Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Author: John Andreas Olsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135312978

Category: History

Page: 256

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In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi national power. John Andreas Olsen provides a coherent and comprehensive examination of the origins, evolution and implementation of this campaign. His findings derive from official military and political documentation, interviews with United States Air Force officers who were closely involved with the planning of the campaign and Iraqis with detailed knowledge and experience of the inner workings of the Iraqi regime.

Air Power and Desert Storm

Air Power and Desert Storm

Author: Richard B. Clark

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9781568064468

Category:

Page: 92

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Includes Saddam Hussein and Iraqi Air Power; The Air Force Mission; The big Lesson from Desert Storm Air Base Attacks; The New AFM 1-1; O Clubs; and Close Air Support. Black and white photos.

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm

Author: John Andreas Olsen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135312909

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 289

In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on the second of August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi national power. John Andreas Olsen provides a coherent and comprehensive examination of the origins, evolution and implementation of this campaign. His findings derive from official military and political documentation, interviews with United States Air Force officers who were closely involved with the planning of the campaign and Iraqis with detailed knowledge and experience of the inner workings of the Iraqi regime.

John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power

John Warden and the Renaissance of American Air Power

Author: John Andreas Olsen

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781597970846

Category: History

Page: 374

View: 303

****Included on the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force's reading list for 2008 and the Royal Air Force's Centre for Air Power Studies 2008 Reading List**** Dr. John Andreas Olsen has written an insightful, compelling biography of retired U.S. Air Force colonel John A. Warden III, the brilliant but controversial air warfare theorist and architect of Operation Desert Storm's air campaign. Warden's radical ideas about air power's purposes and applications, promulgated at the expense of his own career, sparked the ongoing revolution in military affairs. Legendary in defense circles, Warden is also the author of The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat (republished by Brassey's, Inc. in 1989). Presenting both the positives and negatives of Warden's personality and impact in this objective portrait, Olsen offers a trenchant analysis of his revolutionary ideas and great accomplishments.

The Transformation of American Air Power

The Transformation of American Air Power

Author: Benjamin S. Lambeth

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501735950

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

View: 547

Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air power's newly realized strengths in joint warfare, Benjamin Lambeth, a defense analyst and civilian pilot who has flown in most of the equipment described in this book, explores the extent to which the United States can now rely on air-delivered precision weapons in lieu of ground forces to achieve strategic objectives and minimize American casualties. Beginning with the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia and detailing how failures there set the stage for a sweeping refurbishment of the nation's air warfare capability, Lambeth reviews the recent history of American air power, including its role in the Gulf War and in later conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. He examines improvements in areas ranging from hardware development to aircrew skills and organizational adaptability. Lambeth acknowledges that the question of whether air power should operate independently or continue to support land operations is likely to remain contentious. He concludes, however, that air power, its strategic effectiveness proven, can now set the conditions for victory even from the outset of combat if applied to its fullest potential.

Air Power History

Air Power History

Author: Sebastian Cox

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135316051

Category: History

Page: 382

View: 939

he 20th century saw air power transformed from novelists' fantasy into stark reality. From string and canvas to precision weaponry and stealth, air power has progressed to become not only the weapon of first political choice, but often the only conceivable option. This rapid development has given rise to considerable debate and controversy with those holding entrenched views rarely slow to shout their case. Many myths have grown over the period, ranging from the once much vaunted ability of air power to win wars alone through to its impact as a coercive tool. This volume examines the theory and practice of air power from its earliest inception. The contributors have been drawn from academia and the military and represent some of the world's leading proponents on the subject. All significant eras on air power employment are examined: some are evidently turning points, while others represent continuous development. Perhaps more importantly, the book highlights the areas that could be considered to be significant, and invites the reader to enter the debate as to whether it constitutes a continuum, a turning point, or indeed a revolution.

Victory from Above

Victory from Above

Author: Jerome V. Martin

Publisher:

ISBN: 141020121X

Category: History

Page: 120

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The US-led coalition response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait was a highly successful application of modern military forces, especially air power. Both the buildup and the combat operations provide significant food for thought for military analysis and a considerable source of insight for future commanders. As with any military conflict, this war should not be viewed as a model for the next war, but rather as another contribution to the body of experience and knowledge that shapes the insights and perspectives of military professionals.Some observers have contended that the performance of the coalition air forces in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm heralds the arrival of a new generation of warfare, sometimes labeled hyperwar. Others commenting on the experience note the merge of capabilities - technology focused by tactics and strategic planning - with the long-standing promise of air power theory. This study focuses on the latter perspective and the close relationship between the core elements of air power theory and the conduct of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.Lt. Col. Jerome V. Martin wrote this study as a primer on air power and a broad survey of the Gulf conflict for the cadets at the US Air Force Academy. His summary of the essence of air power theory and its illustrated use against Iraq should help Air Force officers and others interested in air power to better understand the potential of modern aviation in a crisis situation and combat.Robert M. Johnston, Colonel, United States Air ForceDirector, Airpower Research Institute

Airpower Advantage

Airpower Advantage

Author: Diane Therese Putney

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112065968528

Category: Government publications

Page: 481

View: 804

American air power is a dominant force in today's world. Its ascendancy, evolving in the half century since the end of World War II, became evident during the first Gulf War. Although a great deal has been written about military operations in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, this deeply researched volume by Dr. Diane Putney probes the little-known story of how the Gulf War air campaign plan came to fruition. Based on archival documentation and interviews with USAF planners, this work takes the reader into the planning cells where the difficult work of building an air campaign plan was accomplished on an around-the-clock basis. The tension among air planners is palpable as Dr. Putney traces the incremental progress and friction along the way. The author places the complexities of the planning process within the context of coalition objectives. All the major players are here: President George H. W. Bush, General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, General Colin Powell, General Chuck Horner, and Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney. The air planning process generated much debate and friction, but resulted in great success-a 43-day conflict with minimum casualties. Dr. Putney's rendering of this behind-the-scenes evolution of the planning process, in its complexity and even suspense, provides a fascinating window into how wars are planned and fought today and what might be the implications for the future. C. R. Anderegg Director of Air Force History

Revolution in Warfare?

Revolution in Warfare?

Author: Thomas A. Keaney

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: UOM:39015038439819

Category: History

Page: 314

View: 144

A revised edition of the Gulf War Air Power Survey Summary Report created by Secretary of the Air Force Donald B. Rice in 1991. Some new text has been added, including a speculative chapter on the future of air power; However comparatively few changes have been made to the original text. The edited survey concentrates on the operational level of the war, not on historical implications: the air campaign, intelligence roles, conditions, and command. Six appendices with graphs and statistical information supplement the text. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Project Air Force Assessment of Operation Desert Shield

Project Air Force Assessment of Operation Desert Shield

Author: Project Air Force (U.S.). Desert Shield Assessment Team

Publisher: RAND Corporation

ISBN: 0833015214

Category: Air power

Page: 106

View: 716

This report discusses the buildup of combat power during Operation Desert Shield based upon the analysis of results of an intensive data collection effort undertaken at the request of the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. This evaluation and data collection activity was initiated and completed while the deployment of forces was under way. This report describes an integrated view of this complex operation as examined by teams of researchers specializing in policy, deployment, operations, command and control, logistics, and manpower and personnel. It focuses on the successes and problems encountered in this unprecedented operation and concludes with a discussion of the implications for future contingency operations.