Airpower for Strategic Effect (Columbia/Hurst)

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9780231703000: Airpower for Strategic Effect (Columbia/Hurst)

Airpower for Strategic Effect provides a critical, strategic history of airpower as well as a new general theory. A wholly original work combining ideas drawn from existing literature on airpower with Colin S. Gray's own research on strategy, this study situates the story of airpower within a larger history of modern strategy, reevaluating the benefits of airpower from World War I to recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gray rethinks airpower's strategic history and its general strategic theory in light of the information he has provided, concluding with a look at the relationship between theory and current, practical issues. The history of airpower might be full of strategic successes, yet when the tool is misused, it fails catastrophically. Gray's study marks a major effort to improve our grasp of airpower's strategic potential within different political, cultural, military-strategic, and technological contexts.

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Colin S. Gray, one of Britain's most renowned analysts of military strategy, is professor of international politics and strategic studies at the University of Reading. Professor Gray served in the U.S. Government and founded and ran a defense think-tank in Washington, D.C.


This manuscript is without equal in comparison to any other publication I have read on the subject of airpower. It is a unique and timely analysis of the problems drawing upon important case studies of the application of airpower from its relatively short history.

(Dr Dave Sloggett, author of The Anarchic Sea (Columbia UP))

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