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  • The Quest

    This biography of Maj Gen Haywood S. Hansell Jr. provides an in-depth look at the life and career of one of airpower's pioneer thinkers. General Hansell's professional life was devoted to the theory and practice of strategic airpower—the single most controversial military debate of the twentieth century. Hansell believed that wars could and should be won through precision bombing of military and industrial / commercial targets, a theory and practice that the United States Army Air Forces abandoned during World War II because of the dictates of existing technology, the demands of combat, and the fact that the passions of war swept away any moral concerns involving strategic bombing. Nevertheless, Hansell's main contribution to air doctrine was the concept that through selective targeting and an ability to place the bombs on those targets, airpower could win wars by crippling an enemy's
  • Rise of the Fighter Generals [ONLINE ONLY]

      Colonel Worden relies on oral histories, personal interviews, military and social histories, quantitative data, and sociological research to show how fighter generals rose to domination in the Air Force. From its inception through the 1960s, the Air Force was dominated by bomber pilots. Embracing an absolutist perspective, bomber pilots struggled to maintain their dominance. In the 1960s, however, they saw their positions of leadership slowly yielding to the experience, broader education, and pragmatism of fighter pilots. This study terminates in 1982 when the leadership changes with the selection of a string of generals with fighter backgrounds as Air Force chiefs of staff. [Mike Worden / 1998 / 291 pages / ISBN: 978-1-58566-048-3 / AU Press Code: B-51]    Read This Book Now  
  • The Development of the B-52 and Jet Propulsion

    National security decision makers face an uncertain world where the accelerated growth of knowledge has changed the character of technological advance and destabilized long-standing relations within and among the military services. Dr Mandeles separates the principles that guide decision making from the proverbs through a case study of decision making in the early post-World War II period. This study examines the impact of organization on the invention and development of jet propulsion-in the form of the B-52-and illustrates both the organizational conditions conducive to developing new operational concepts and the organizational innovations necessary to implement new technology. This study also examines how the Air Force organized to learn and acquire new technology, how the Air Force conceived or identified problems, and how it organized to ensure management would respond to program
  • Airpower and Ground Armies

    These four independent essays provide a perspective on airpower doctrine development that varies somewhat from the usual view. Essay 1 describes the organization, doctrine, operational practices, and personality of the air forces in the western desert from 1940 to 1943. Essay 2 describes and analyzes the events in northwest Africa during Operation Torch while the third analyzes the machination in policy development in Washington. Essay 4 analyzes the great tactical aviation exercise in northwest Europe, emphasizing the famous cooperation between George S. Patton and Otto P. Weyland. [Daniel R. Mortensen, ed. / 1998 / 224 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-047-7 / AU Press Code: B-50] Read This Book Now
  • The Paths of Heaven

    The Paths of Heaven counterbalances the Air Force’s tendency to emphasize operational concerns at the expense of theory. Most of the fifteen essays are contributed by current or former faculty of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Collectively, the authors trace the development of airpower theory from its origins with Giulio Douhet, through the formulation of airpower doctrine during the interwar years at the Air Corps Tactical School, to current efforts to codify a cogent theory of space power. In the words of retired chief of staff Gen Ronald R. Fogleman, “The Paths of Heaven is a valuable means of increasing our expertise in the employment of airpower.” [Phillip S. Meilinger / 1997 / 680 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-027-2 / AU Press Code: B-29] Read This Book Now
  • Architects of American Air Supremacy

    Major Daso tells the story of the founding of the scientific and technological base of today’s US Air Force. He explains how Henry H. “Hap” Arnold and Theodore von Kármán ensured that theoretical science rather than empiricism grew to dominate Air Force research and development infrastructure. This story shows how personalities drive actions, institutions reflect personalities, and the interaction of these f actors influenced, and continue to mold, the evolution of American air supremacy. [Dik A. Daso / 1997 / 487 pages ISBN: 1-58566-042-6 / AU Press Code: B-44] Read This Book Now
  • Mosquitoes to Wolves

    Dr. Lester traces the evolution of US close air support, with special emphasis on Korea and Vietnam. He discusses the differing views of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force at some length and compares close air support in these two conflicts. The author notes the need for close air support in the Gulf War and explores the future of close air support. He punctuates this history and analysis with dramatic experiences of those who made it happen. [Gary Robert Lester / 1997, 294 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-033-7 / AU Press Code: B-35] Read This Book Now
  • Apollo's Warriors

    The author relates the exploits of the US Air Force’s unconventional warriors who flew and fought for over a quarter of a century in a shadowy war that was out of the public eye. He uses interviews and recently declassified sources to describe the bravery and resourcefulness of these warriors in 26 chapters, or stories, arranged in three sections: (1) Korea, (2) Covert War, and (3) the Second Indochina War. To add to the attractiveness of this publication are over 200 color and black-and-white photographs depicting people and activities involved in this little-known aspect of the cold war. [Michael E. Haas / 1997 / 369 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-035-3 / AU Press Code: B-37] Read This Book Now
  • Kenneth N. Walker

    This biography of Brig Gen Kenneth N. Walker provides an in-depth look at the career of one of airpower’s pioneer thinkers. Martha Byrd traces Walker’s emergence from one of the early converts to airpower to his role as a key player in the formation of strategic bombardment doctrine. Her look at his performance in the Southwest Pacific theater during World War II gives us a deep insight into Walker’s place in history as an innovator in the employment of airpower. Byrd not only highlights Walker’s accomplishments but also provides a look at his often stormy relationships with fellow officers and in his personal life. [Martha Byrd / 1997 / 242 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-020-5 / AU Press Code: B-22] Read This Book Now
  • Psychological Operations

    This volume includes 25 independent essays on military psychological operations. These essays are arranged in four sections: (1) Nature and Scope; (2) Policy and Planning; (3) Strategy, Tactics, and Operations; and (4) Case Studies. The authors make a strong case for the strengthening of PSYOPs in all aspects of US military operations. Among their recommendations is that psychological operations should be included in all phases of military training and professional military education. All members of the US military will benefit from this publication. [Frank L. Goldstein & Benjamin F. Findley Jr. / 1996 / 376 pages / ISBN: 1-58566-016-7 / AU Press Code: B-18] Read This Book Now