According to the author all aircrews, tacticians and those who direct them have to realise the limitations of air power during conflicts. For years opinion has differed as to whether the aircraft has altered war strategies or merely the tactics of war. This volume explores the limits of airpower.
Phillip S. Meilinger is a retired USAF pilot, staff officer and educator who has flown C-130 aircraft all over the world, served in the Pentagon, and taught at the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, the Air Force Academy, and the US Naval War College. He is the author of four books, including Hoyt S. Vandenberg: The Life of a General, and Ten Propositions Regarding Airpower, as well as over 40 articles on airpower theory and practice. He is currently the deputy director of the AEROSPACENTER for Science Applications International Corporation in McLean, VA.
1. Giulio Douhet and the Origins of Air Power Theory 2. Trenchard and "Morale Bombing": The evolution of Royal Air Force doctrine before World War II 3. John C. Slessor and the Genesis of Air Interdiction 4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Britain's Fleet Air Arm before World War II 5. The Impact of Tecnhology and Design Choice on the Development of US Fighter Aircraft 6. Clipping the Bomber's Wings: The Geneva Disarmament Conference and the Royal Air Force, 1932-34 7. Air Power and Joint Operations During World War II 8. The B-29 Air Campaign against Japan 9. Air Strategy: Targeting for effect 10. Precision Aerospace Power, Discrimination and the Future of War 11. Gradual Escalation: A return to the future? 12. The Versailles Treaty and Iraq: The road to Munich 13. Aerospace Power and the Post-Kosovo World 14. Strategic Implications for the Aerospace Nation.