Air Warfare provides an introduction to the subject's theory, history and practice. As well as delivering an up to date look at the strategy, and historiography of air power, Peter Gray explores the theories behind air power and looks at the political, legal and moral dimensions of the application of air power. Topics covered include:
- Key military strategists and their legacy
- Air power's strategic effects
- Leadership, management and command
- Tactics, technology and operations
The book draws on primary sources including official narratives and published reports, examines key thinkers in the study of air power, and discusses topics such as concepts of warfare as an art or science, cultural perceptions of air power, and the experience of being an airman. With its broad scope and thorough coverage of a range of key topics, Air Warfare takes air power beyond the study of individual campaigns, or controversies, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to air power studies.
Peter Gray is RAeS Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.
Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Air Warfare, War Studies and Military History in the 21st Century 3. Air Warfare Historiography and Sources 4. Air Power Thinking and Theory 5. Air Warfare in Practice 6. Leadership and Command of Air Warfare 7. Legality, Legitimacy and Ethics of Air Warfare 8. Air Warfare Strategy, Operations and Tactics 9. Concluding Comments Bibliography Index