Air & Space Power Journal

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer

A Gallant Company: The Men of the Great Escape
A Gallant Company: The Men of the Great Escape by Jonathan F. Vance. Pacifica Military History (http://www.pacificamilitary.com), 1149 Grand Teton Drive, Pacifica, California 94044, 2000, 351 pages, $29.95 (hardcover).A Gallant Company thrusts the reader...
Airpower in Operation Desert Storm
On 16 January 1991, coalition air forces launched the campaign to liberate Kuwait and eliminate Iraq's ability to threaten its neighbors. Smart strategies, smart weapons, and smart airmen characterized the campaign. Campaign planners analyzed the enemy...
"Chronicles Articles"
Our "Chronicles Articles" section takes a different turn with our latest article "Mentoring Makes a Difference" by Lt Col Penny H. Bailey. What is mentoring? Why should the Air Force have a mentoring program? Who should be responsible for mentoring?...
Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy
Clash of Arms: How the Allies Won in Normandy by Russell A. Hart. Lynno Rienner Publishers, Inc. (http://www.rienner.com), 1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, Colorado 80301, 2001, 469 pages, $79.95 (hardcover).Occasionally a book comes along that...
Direct Attack-A Counterland Mission
A B-52 CIRCLING OVER Afghanistan is loaded with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). Its crew receives the coordinates of Taliban military positions from an Air Force controller operating on the ground as part of a special operations forces (SOF) team....
Enlarging NATO: The National Debates
Enlarging NATO: The National Debates edited by Gale A. Mattox and Arthur R. Rachwald. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. (http://www.rienner.com), 1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, Colorado 80301, 2001, 324 pages, $59.95 (hardcover).When the Soviet Union...
European Warfare, 1815-2000
European Warfare, 1815-2000 edited by Jeremy Black. Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave-usa.com), 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010, 2002, 272 pages, $69.95 (hardcover), $22.95 (softcover).Jeremy Black, a professor of history at the University...
Exploring the Unknown, Vol. 5, Exploring the Cosmos
Exploring the Unknown, vol. 5, Exploring the Cosmos edited by John M. Logsdon with Amy Paige Snyder, Roger D. Launius, Stephen J. Garber, and Regan Anne Newport. US Superintendent of Documents, NASA History Office (http://history.nasa.gov/what.html),...
Hitler's Squadron: The Fuehrer's Personal Aircraft and Transport Unit, 1933-1945
Hitler's Squadron: The Fuehrer's Personal Aircraft and Transport Unit, 1933-1945 by C. G. Sweeting. Brassey's (http://www.brasseysinc.com/index.htm), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2001, 192 pages, $31.95 (hard-cover).Talk about finding...
Learning as a Weapon System
Editorial Abstract: Instructional technologies are rapidly approaching a critical mass made up of a multitude of various systems. These technologies help us transform the military-training environment by treating learning as a weapon system. Lieutenant...
Luftwaffe Aces of the Western Front
Luftwaffe Aces of the Western Front, Luftwaffe at War Series, vol. 19, by Robert Michulec. Stackpole Books (http://www.stackpolebooks.com), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2002, 72 pages, $14.95.Stackpole Books, in conjunction...
Mao's Generals Remember Korea
Mao's Generals Remember Korea edited and translated by Xiaobing Li, Allan R. Millett, and Bin Yu. University Press of Kansas (http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu), 2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66049-3905, 2001, 344 pages, $39.95 (hardcover).Napoleon...
Military OR Ethics
Editorial Abstract:Dr. Toner explains that military ethics is about knowing what is true and then doing what is right. He takes an interesting approach to make his points memorable by using three Os (owing, ordering, and oughting), three Rs (rules, results,...
Neglected Air Force Combat Missions
IN OPERATION DESERT STORM, the US Air Force showed the world how to kick down the front door of a Soviet-designed and -equipped advanced integrated air defense system (IADS). Stealth technology and tactics neutralized command and control (C^sup 2^) centers,...
Night Fighters over Korea
Night Fighters over Korea by G. G. O'Rourke with E. T. Wooldridge. Naval Institute Press (http:// www.usni.org/webstore/shopexd.asp?id=19192), 2062 Generals Highway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, 1998, 288 pages, $34.95.Gerald G. O'Rourke led a detachment...
Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943
Ploesti: The Great Ground-Air Battle of 1 August 1943, rev. ed., by James Dugan and Carroll Stewart. Brassey's (http://www.brasseysinc.com/index.htm), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2002, 336 pages, $21.95.Memorable among images of...
Prelaunch Notes
THE AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL (ASPJ) staff joins the Air University community in welcoming Col Joseph A. Panza Jr., USAF, retired, as the executive director of the Air University Foundation. Colonel Panza takes over from Col Don Karle, USAF, retired,...
Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea
Red Wings over the Yalu: China, the Soviet Union, and the Air War in Korea by Xiaoming Zhang. Texas A&M University Press (http://www.tamu.edu/upress), John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis Street, 4354 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4354, 2002, 320...
Regensburg/Schweinfurt: The Last Unescorted Raids of World War II in Europe
The strategic bombing missions conducted in August and October 1943 against Regensburg and Schweinfurt, Germany, were the greatest American air battles of World War II by any measure-including numbers of aircraft lost. The combined loss of 120 bombers...
"Reining In" the Center of Gravity Concept
Editorial Abstract: The US military has often debated the true meaning of centers of gravity as developed by Clausewitz. We find our Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps in varying degrees of conflict, but the debate draws no closer to a resolution....
Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call
Tailspin: The Strange Case of Major Call by Bernard F. Conners. British American Publishing (http://www.britishamericanpublishing.com), 4 British American Boulevard, Latham, New York 12110, 2002, 512 pages, $26.95 (hardcover).Armchair detectives should...
Task Force Concepts of Operations: Transforming the USAF
Editonal Abstract: Lieutenant Colonel Weaver and Colonel Cain provide an insightful description of the seven operating concepts for transformation-the Air Force approach that complements the Department of Defense initiatives. The concepts work well in...
The C-54 Skymaster
The C-54 Skymaster was the first transoceanic four-engine transport to see service with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). It originated with the prototype of the Douglas DC-4 commercial design of 1939, which was adapted for military use. The...
The F-86 Sabre
Taking advantage of German research done during World War II, American engineers made the F-86 the US Air Force's first swept-wing jet fighter, with the initial production aircraft flying in May 1948.The F-86A, designed as a day fighter, was 37 feet,...
The Fallacies of Cold War Deterrence and a New Direction
The Fallacies of Cold War Deterrence and a New Direction by Keith B. Payne. University Press of Kentucky (http://www.uky.edu/UniversityPress), 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508-4008, 2001, 172 pages, $19.95 (softcover), $35.00 (hardcover).Since...
The First World War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1918
The First World War: The Eastern Front, 1914-1918 by Geoffrey Jukes. Osprey Publishing (http://www.ospreypublishing.com), Elms Court, Chapel Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9LP, 2002, 95 pages, $14.95.This book, number 13 in Osprey Publishing's Essential Histories...
The Military History of the Soviet Union
The Military History of the Soviet Union edited by Robin Higham and Frederick W. Kagan. Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave-usa.com), 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010, 2002, 328 pages, $59.95.Once a mystery to Western audiences, the military...
The Military History of Tsarist Russia
The Military History of Tsarist Russia edited by Frederick W. Kagan and Robin Higham. Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave-usa.com), 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010, 2002, 272 pages, $59.95 (hardcover).This book, the first one-volume overall...
The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy
The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy by Mitchell B. Lerner. University Press of Kansas (http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu), 2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66049-3905, 2002, 408 pages, $34.95.A long overdue book,...
The Transformation of Air and Space Power in Operation Iraqi Freedom
HOW CAN WE know that a transformation is occurring or has occurred? The realization does not always come crashing down on the observer like a 2,000-pound precision munition. Sometimes transformational effects subtly erode accepted practices, just as...
The WASPs
An organization known as the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was formed in August 1943 as an amalgamation of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, started by Air Transport Command employee Nancy Love in September 1942, and the Women's Flying...
Third Reich Victorious: Alternate Decisions of World War II
Third Reich Victorious: Alternate Decisions of World War II edited by Peter G. Tsouras. Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal Limited (http://www.greenhillbooks.com), Park House, 1 Russell Gardens, London NW11 9NN, 2002, 256 pages, $34.95.At times, we ask...
Training: The Foundation for Air and Space Power Transformation
Editorial Abstract: Lieutenant Colonel Fawcett urges readers to develop a lifetime-learning ethos as he challenges the Air Force to change its training processes, institutions, and personnel-management systems to better meet the demands of the air and...
Transformation from the War Fighter's Perspective
FOR PEOPLE WHO place themselves in harm's way, it is easy to recognize a "transformational" capability. If you are going to fly a combat sortie into Country X, you analyze everything this adversary can throw at you and assess whether you can/will survive....
Transforming Homeland Security: Intelligence Indications and Warning
Editorial Abstract: With the demise of the Soviet Onion, many people believed that threats to the United States would diminish, but this has not necessarily been the case. Lieutenant Colonel Luikart proposes an indications-and-warning cell to support...
US National Security Strategy and the Imperative of "Geopresence"
The LAST TWO years have brought a number of unforeseen developments to the world stage, and with them have come major challenges for American foreign policy-even aside from the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., on 11 September 2001....
Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975
Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1954-1975 by the Military History Institute of Vietnam, translated by Merle L. Pribbenow. University Press of Kansas (http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu), 2501 West 15th Street, Lawrence,...
Warfare in the Western World, 1882-1975
Warfare in the Western World, 1882-1975 by Jeremy Black. Indiana University Press (http://www.indiana.edu/iupress), 601 N. Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404, December 2001, 256 pages, $45.00 (hardcover), $19.95 (softcover).This synopsis of military...