Released on 2014-03-11Categories History



Author: Robert M. Farley

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813144979

Category: History

Page: 272

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The United States needs airpower, but does it need an air force? In Grounded, Robert M. Farley persuasively argues that America should end the independence of the United States Air Force (USAF) and divide its assets and missions between the United States Army and the United States Navy. In the wake of World War I, advocates of the Air Force argued that an organizationally independent air force would render other military branches obsolete. These boosters promised clean, easy wars: airpower would destroy cities beyond the reach of the armies and would sink navies before they could reach the coast. However, as Farley demonstrates, independent air forces failed to deliver on these promises in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the first Gulf War, the Kosovo conflict, and the War on Terror. They have also had perverse effects on foreign and security policy, as politicians have been tempted by the vision of devastating airpower to initiate otherwise ill-considered conflicts. The existence of the USAF also produces turf wars with the Navy and the Army, leading to redundant expenditures, nonsensical restrictions on equipment use, and bad tactical decisions. Farley does not challenge the idea that aircraft represent a critical component of America's defenses; nor does he dispute that -- especially now, with the introduction of unmanned aerial vehicles -- airpower is necessary to modern warfare. Rather, he demonstrates that the efficient and wise use of airpower does not require the USAF as presently constituted. An intriguing scholarly polemic, Grounded employs a wide variety of primary and secondary source materials to build its case that the United States should now correct its 1947 mistake of having created an independent air force.
Released on 1957Categories Aeronautics, Military

A History of the United States Air Force, 1907-1957

A History of the United States Air Force, 1907-1957

Author: Wilhelmine Burch

Publisher: Princeton, N.J : Van Nostrand

ISBN: IND:30000011858309

Category: Aeronautics, Military

Page: 277

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"Fifty eventful years of military aviation -- the men and planes, the wartime exploits and peacetime missions. An official general history of the United States Air Force and its predecessors prepared by the USAF Historical Division, in cooperation with the Editors of Air Force Magazine." - Jacket.
Released on 1997Categories Technology & Engineering

Reach and Power

Reach and Power

Author: Ron Dick

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: UOM:39015041926901

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 556

View: 898

This illustrated oversize vol. commemorates the 50th ann'y. of the creation of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) as a fully independent branch of the military in 1947. Covers the accomplishments and actions in the history of American aviation, which predates the creation of the USAF: from the era of the Wright biplanes before and through WWI; the years of development between 1919 and 1941; the harrowing maturation of the force during WWII's global fight; the creation of the service itself; its tempering during the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War; the long watch of the Cold War; the grueling conflict in Southeast Asia; the rebuilding of the force in the 1970s and 1980s; air power's triumph in the Gulf War, and its use since then for both humanitarian and combat operations.