Age of Airpower
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Description: Airpower, more than any other factor, has shaped war in the twentieth century. In this fascinating narrative history, Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolution of both technology and strategy. He documents seminal battles and turning points, and relates stories of individual daring and collective mastery of the skies.However, the end of airpower's glorious age is drawing near. The conventional wisdom to the contrary, modern precision guided munitions have not made fighter bombers more effective against many kinds of targets than their predecessors in World War II. U.S. ground troops calling for air support in Iraq in 2003 did not receive it any faster than Allied forces did in France in 1944. And from its origins on, airpower has never been very effective against terrorists, guerrillas, and insurgents. As the warfare waged by these kinds of people grow in importance, and as ballistic missiles, satellites, cruise missiles and drones increasingly take the place of quarter-billion-dollar manned combat aircraft and their multi-million-dollar pilots, airpower is losing utility almost day by day.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
|Into the Blue, 1900-1939|
|Antecedents and Beginnings|
|Visions, Organizations, and Machines|
|From War to War|
|The Greatest War of All, 1939-1945|
|From Triumph to Stalemate|
|War of Factories, War of Wits|
|Closing the Ring|
|From Carrier War to Grande Finale|
|The War that Never Was 1945-1991|
|The Dominant Factor|
|The Jet and the Helicopter|
|Missiles, Satellites, and Drones|
|Little Wars, 1945-2010|
|The Twilight of Naval Aviation|
|From Korea to the Sinai|
|From the Sinai to Tehran|
|War Amongst the People, 1898-2010|
|The First Four Decades|
|Lose and Leave|
|A War Too Far|
|Conclusions: Going Down, 1945-?|