In NATO's Gamble, Henriksen discloses the origins and content
of NATO's strategic and conceptual thinking on how the use of
force was to succeed politically in altering the behavior of the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).
The air campaign, known as Operation Allied Force, was the first war against any sovereign nation in the history of NATO and the first major combat operation conducted for humanitarian purposes against a state committing atrocities within its own borders. This book examines the key political, diplomatic, and military processes that shaped NATO and U.S. management of the Kosovo crisis and shows how air power became the main instrument in their strategy to coerce FRY to accede to NATO's demands.
Dag Henriksen is a lecturer in air power at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy.