Air Campaign: John Warden and the Classical Airpower by David R. Mets

By David R. Mets

In gentle of the age-old trust of Confucius that no proposal is new, Dr. Mets examines the function of Colonel Warden within the Gulf battle to figure out if a revolution in army affairs had happened. He is dependent upon numerous twentieth-century antecedents to Warden, together with Giulio Douhet, Hugh Trenchard, and Billy Mitchell to distill a development. Mets additionally addresses no matter if ''the argument that antedated the Gulf conflict to the influence that such conflicts among states utilizing traditional guns and strategies are a urgent phenomenon.'' bankruptcy 6, the concluding bankruptcy, offers an outline of Mets's dialogue.

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20. Thomas E. , The Second World War, vol. : St. Martin’s Press, 1983), 42. 21. Robert Frank Futrell, Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, 1907–1960, vol. 1, 2d ed. : Air University Press, 1989), 24–39. Barry Watts argues that Douhet was a much more rigid, mechanistic, and theoretical thinker than Mitchell. The latter in the earlier days, at least, had more flexibility and advanced a more practical, pragmatic approach. See Barry D. S. : Air University Press, 1984), 7.

Spaatz was important because he was at the helm when the initial institutions of the United States Air Force were established—with a great deal of influence from the ideas Mitchell had articulated. Mitchell might have been horrified when Spaatz split the combat power of the new USAF into three functional parts (Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, and Air Defense Comman d— SAC, TAC, and ADC), but the primacy of strategic bombing, the offensive nature of airpower, the importance of air superiority, 44 WILLIAM MITCHELL and the ascendancy of interdiction over close air support were all ideas compatible with those held earlier by Mitchell.

13. Faber; Meilinger, 66–68; Overy, 78; and Michael S. : Yale University Press, 1987), 24–25. 14. Donnini, 46; and Douhet, 55, 70–72. 15. Meilinger, 67–70. 16. Douhet, 49–55, 59, 114–17; and Brodie, 88–89, 93–95. 17. Phillip S. , 13 May 1995). 19 THE AIR CAMPAIGN 18. James S. Corum argues that the Weimar Republic’s military was well aware of strategic air theory in foreign lands, and it was not much fearful of it. See James S. : University Press of Kansas, 1992), 155–59. 19. : Air University Press, 1983), xxiii–xxiv.

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