Academic journal article Air Power History

The Best Article in 2005

Academic journal article Air Power History

The Best Article in 2005

Article excerpt

The winner of the best article to appear in Air Power History in 2005 is Dr. Don D. Chipman for his "Desert Storm and the Triumph of Joint Warfare Planning." Appearing in the Spring issue, this article explores the work leading up to air power's part in the decisive victory of 1991. Planning for that campaign was at times very contentious, and it was by no means clear in August of 1990 how the Air Force would construct its portion of the campaign to meet the expectations of the President and secretary of defense, to say nothing of General Norman Schwarzkopf. Chipman's article is very readable, while applying superb scholarship in explaining how the air plan for Desert Storm developed. Because of the rapid adoption of new technology after the Southeast Asia War that ended in 1973 and with it the Air Force's ability to deliver precision attacks on enemy resources, the Air Force had to devise new strategies and techniques for air warfare able to match these new capabilities and defeat an enemy forcefully and quickly. …

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