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The Quest Haywood Hansell and American Strategic Bombing in World ...

By: Charles Griffith

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Introduction: On the night of 24 November 1944, B-29 Super fortresses landed in the darkness of Saipan with only smudge pots alongside the runway to light their path. Inside the control tower an anxious Brig Gen Haywood Hansell awaited their return. The bombers were returning from the first bombing mission over Tokyo since Jimmy Doolittle?s famous raid in 1942. This time the raid consisted of 111 heavy bombers. Their target was the Nakajima-Musashino aircraft factory com...

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Apollo's Warriors Us Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War

By: Michael E. Haas

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Preface: The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

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A-10's Over Kosovo : The Victory of Airpower Over a Fielded Army

By: Christopher E. Haave

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Foreword: In the spring of 1999, NATO engaged in a precedent-setting air campaign over Serbia and Kosovo known as Operation Allied Force (OAF). This event marked a milestone for airpower, as it was, arguably, the first time airpower alone was decisive in achieving victory in combat. By the end of the conflict, in June 1999, America and its allies had mounted a monumental effort to achieve the immediate goals of halting ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and providing for the ret...

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Technology and Military Doctrine Essays on a Challenging Relationship

By: I. B. Holley

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Introduction: My interest in Air Force doctrine was first aroused when I was a sergeant serving as an aerial gunnery instructor in early 1943. When the operational research people revealed that what we were teaching was faulty, I came to realize that the Air Force system for developing doctrine was flawed. The problem continued to interest me and later, after I was commissioned and serving on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, I wrote my book Idea...

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American Airpower Comes of Age General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World...

By: John W. Huston

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Preface: Although the need for a comprehensive biography of Gen Henry H. ?Hap? Arnold exists, this volume does not constitute such a biography. Nor is this work intended as a history of the Army Air Forces in World War II. The aim of the editor has been to place in historical context the thoughts and immediate impressions of Arnold as he recorded them in the diaries he kept through each of his 12 trips abroad during the war. The diaries provide centerpieces for the 12 ch...

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American Airpower Comes of Age General Henry H. Hap Arnold's World...

By: John W. Huston

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Preface: Although the need for a comprehensive biography of Gen Henry H. ?Hap? Arnold exists, this volume does not constitute such a biography. However, to promote a better understanding of both man and diary, a brief biographical and circumstantial sketch precedes the diaries here. Nor is this work intended as a history of the Army Air Forces in World War II. The aim of the editor has been to place in historical context the thoughts and immediate impressions of Arnold a...

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Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine : Basic Thinking in the United States Ai...

By: Robert Frank Futrell

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Excerpt: This history seeks to discover and record the mainstream of thought within the United States Air Force (and its predecessors) concerning the role to be played by air and aerospace power in a deadly struggle for national survival. It seeks to trace the development of a theme of institutional thought, describe the organizational framework in which the thinking took place, and identify individual thinkers and their ideas. In great measure this chronology is the sto...

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Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine : Basic Thinking in the United States Ai...

By: Robert Frank Futrell

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Preface: This history continues the story of United States Air Force ideas, concepts, and doctrine from the watershed of massive retaliation/flexible response that was occasioned in 1960. The first three chapters of this volume are in effect reprinted from the 1974 edition of Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine, and the following chapters have been added to bring this never-ending story up to 1984. I joined the Air University Airpower Research Institute as a visiting professor of ...

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Mosquitoes to Wolves the Evolution of the Airborne Forward Air Con...

By: Gary Robert Lester

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Preface: Comparable to twentieth century cavalry, early forward air controllers (FAC) probed, observed, and reported enemy activity. Flying rickety, underpowered, and unarmed aircraft, they operated on the leading edge of ground combat. The efficient use of airborne FACs never developed in a meaningful way in World War II, with the possible exception of their use in Marine amphibious operations in the Pacific. But the rugged terrain of Korea and the jungle mazes of Vietn...

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On Space Warfare : A Space Power Doctrine

By: David E. Lupton

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Preface: In his history of Air Force thought from 1907 to 1964, Dr Robert F. Futrell documented the Air Force?s long-standing difficulty in articulating an air power doctrine or even agreeing on a definition of doctrine. When the research for this book was started in 1980, these same shortfalls were still apparent in the published air and space doctrines. Air Force doctrine manuals contained six different definitions of doctrine. Furthermore, the contents of the manuals ...

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Challenge and Response : Anticipating Us Military Security Concerns

By: Karl P. Magyar

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Preface: The formal dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact and the coalition war to oust Iraq from Kuwait occurred within months of each other. These events were of great significance to Western statesmen and strategic planners who recognized that a fundamental transformation of the international system was taking place.

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Global Security Concerns : Anticipating the Twenty-First Century

By: Karl P. Magyar

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Preface: One of the most important and intellectually fascinating areas of investigation for the student of political affairs concerns the attempt to understand why man makes war. This ancient field of inquiry may be addressed at such various levels as the philosophical and psychological or the institutional and structural contexts of human behavior. For example, did the recent wars in Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti result from clashing ideologies, tribalism, poverty and cla...

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Prolonged Wars : A Post-Nuclear Challenge

By: Karl P. Magyar

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Preface: This book was conceived on the battlefields of Vietnam, where the term Vietnam became more than a geopolitical or cultural designation and came to denote a phenomenon. Vietnam is today a euphemism for getting mired in a war, for getting bogged down, for being drawn into a quagmire. Since that war, the US has not entered any military engagement without the fear of encountering another Vietnam. Nor are we alone. The Soviets met their Vietnam in Afghanistan; the So...

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The Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion

By: Mark D. Mandeles

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Introduction: When asked why he had not submitted more work for publication, Henry Roth, the author of the critically acclaimed 1934 novel, Call It Sleep, responded, ?If I had been in a more stable society, one that hadn?t changed so abruptly (due to upheavals of the Great Depression and World War II), I could have gotten-oh, like Dickens. He could count on his society, and his attitude toward that society, being the same from his first novel to the last. I didn?t feel I...

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Air-To-Ground Battle for Italy

By: Michael C. Mccarthy

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Preface: Pearl Harbor galvanized America to convert peacetime production capacity to war levels, intensify recruiting, and expand every facet of its military training system. Those of us who wanted to fly found on Monday, 8 December 1941, that a difficult written test would satisfy the two years of college prerequisite to enter the Aviation Cadet aircrew-training program. We still faced a rigorous physical exam and batteries of psychological and intelligence evaluations ...

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Joint Training for Night Air Warfare

By: Brian W. Mclean

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Excerpt: The American military's modem experience with joint operations started during World War II. The integration of the naval, ground, and air forces in the Pack theater was a superb example of joint operations using all available resources to accomplish a common objective. Air assets bombarded Japanese positions in advance of amphibious assault by both Marine and Army forces. Once ashore, the land forces were supplied by naval forces and protected from counterattack...

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Reflections of a Technocrat Managing Defense, Air, And Space Progr...

By: Dr. John L. Mclucas

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Introduction: Reflections of a Technocrat is an autobiography that ends as a biography. John McLucas died on the first of December 2002, at the age of 82, with all but the last chapter remaining to be started. He had been preparing to do a memoir, on and off, for many years, but only in the late 1990s, as declining health caused him to cut back on other commitments, did he devote a large part of his energies to getting the job done. To help complete this project, he enga...

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Air Power's Gordian Knot : Centralized Versus Organic Control

By: Stephen J. Mcnamara

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Preface: Should air power be controlled by a single commander, or should such control be split among the various services? Advocates on both sides argue that they favor unity of command. Yet, one side must be right and the other wrong-or are they both correct? Air Power?s Gordian Knot is my attempt to answer this question. Oftentimes, personal experience shades one?s view of history, so I believe I must admit mine up front. As a fighter pilot and engineer, I have attaine...

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Selected Works 19901994

By: Merrill A. Mcpeak

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Excerpt: General McPeak became the 14th chief of staff of the Air Force in the fall of 1990, as the nation was beginning to adjust to the reality of Western victory in the cold war. Desert Shield was ongoing; Desert Storm was only a few weeks away; other international crises--Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti--lay ahead. A significant downsizing of resources available to the Air Force had been under way for half a decade, and there was every reason to believe this trend wou...

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Airmen and Air Theory : A Review of the Sources

By: Phillip S. Meilinger

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Preface: Any researcher knows that a good bibliography, especially an annotated one, is worth its weight in gold. We are all too busy to slog through the mass of information, good and bad, available on any given subject. We hope to separate the wheat from the chaff without actually having to go through the onerous threshing process ourselves. So we talk to experts in the particular area and ask for guidance. Alternatively, we trudge over to the library and ask someone at...

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