Air & Space Power Journal

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 3, Fall

A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II
A Dance with Death: Soviet Airwomen in World War II by Anne Noggle. Texas A&M University Press (http://www.tamu.edu/upress), John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis Street, 4354 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843, 2002, 336 pages, $24.95 (softcover).This...
Africa Contingency Operations Training Assistance: Developing Training Partnerships for the Future of Africa
Editorial Abstract: Shifting the emphasis from direct US involvement in African peacekeeping toward support for the Africa Contingency Operations Training Assistance program promises to create an "African solution for Africa." The program builds upon...
Air Expeditionary Access: The African Connection
Editorial Abstract: Nearly a decade of increasing globalization has reached Africa in fits and starts, leaving a legacy of social tensions, poverty, disease, and conflict. US national-security strategy hinges on dealing with such conditions in an appropriate...
Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo
Air Power History: Turning Points from Kitty Hawk to Kosovo edited by Sebastian Cox and Peter Gray. Frank Cass Publishers (http://www. frankcass.com), 5824 NE Hassalo Street, Portland, Oregon 97213-3644, 2002, 362 pages, $64.50 (hardcover), $26.50 (softcover).By...
Airwar: Essays on Its Theory and Practice
Airwar: Essays on Its Theory and Practice by Phillip S. Meilinger. Frank Cass Publishers (http://www.frankcass.com), 5824 NE Hassalo Street, Portland, Oregon 97213-3644, 2003, 288 pages, $67.50 (hardcover), $26.00 (softcover).Phillip Meilinger, a prolific...
American Airpower Comes of Age: General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's World War II Diaries
American Airpower Comes of Age: General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's World War II Diaries, 2 vols., edited by Maj Gen John W. Huston, USAF, retired. Air University Press (http://www.maxwell. af.mil/au/aul/aupress), 131 West Shumacher Avenue, Maxwell AFB,...
American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm
American Military Aviation: The Indispensable Arm by Charles J. Gross. Texas A&M University Press (http://www.tamu.edu/upress), John H. Lindsey Building, Lewis Street, 4354 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-4354, 2002, 382 pages, $35.00 (hardcover).Dr....
Arms Control: Cooperative Security in a Changing Environment
Arms Control: Cooperative Security in a Changing Environment edited by Jeffrey A. Larsen. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. (http://www.rienner. com), 1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, Colorado 80301, 2002, 413 pages, $65.00 (hardcover), $24.50 (softcover).In...
A Word from the Chairman: Shift to a Global Perspective
In ancient India, six blind men encountered an elephant for the first time and quickly began to squabble about the nature of elephants.The first blind man bumped into the elephant's side and declared that the beast was like a wall.The second, discovering...
Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World
Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World by Ralph Peters. Stackpole Books (http://www. stackpolebooks.com/cgi-bin/StackpoleBooks. storefront), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2002, 368 pages, $22.95 (hardcover).Ralph Peters...
Billy Mitchell
Billy Mitchell by James J. Cooke. Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. (http://www.rienner.com), 1800 30th Street, Suite 314, Boulder, Colorado 80301, 2002, 305 pages, $49.95.Billy Mitchell has always been a controversial figure in American military history....
China and India: Friends or Foes?
Editorial Abstract: Even though China and India have a 20-year track record of cooperation, both countries have ample justification for proceeding with caution. On the one hand, US hegemony and greater US involvement in Asia may push the two neighbors...
Cost-Benefit Economics: Enhancing National Security and Air and Space Power
Editorial Abstract: The changing calculus of direct and indirect costs associated with warfare implies a need to alter strategy and doctrine. New technologies, the varying character of competition between states, and the proliferation of nonstate actors...
Iraq, Preemption, and the Views of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary
Editorial Abstract: Colonel Hammock examines the generally favorable actions and views of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in response to the announced US strategy of preemption and the recent implementation of that policy in Iraq.We'll be deliberate,...
Knights of the Air: Canadian Fighter Pilots in the First World War
Knights of the Air: Canadian Fighter Pilots in the First World War by David L. Bashow. McArthur & Company Publishing, Limited (http://www. mcarthur-co.com/books.html), 322 King Street West, Suite 402, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1J2, 2001, 210 pages, $50.00...
Latin American Countries with Space Programs: Colleagues or Competitors?
Editorial Abstract: Colonel Newberry's three-tiered analysis of Latin American space programs identifies (1) owner/operator states with mature space programs, (2) material participants with well-developed research and intellectual capabilities, and (3)...
MiG Alley: Sabres vs. MiGs over Korea
MiG Alley: Sabres vs. MiGs over Korea by Warren E. Thompson and David R. McLaren. Specialty Press (http://www.specialtypress.com), 39966 Grand Avenue, North Branch, Minnesota 55056, 2002, 192 pages, $39.95 (hardcover).This is a fine book on a great airplane....
Mission Debrief
Air and Space Power Journal is always looking for good articles written by our readers. If you have something to say, send it to us.The Journal focuses on the operational and strategic levels of war. We are interested in articles that will stimulate...
NAVSTAR GPS "Where Am I? Are We There Yet?"
ASPJ STAFF*For centuries, military commanders and travelers have wanted to know their location, objective, and-perhaps more commonly-whether they had yet arrived. The answers to their questions became clearer and more precise in the 1960s with the deployment...
On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf
On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf by Owen Connelly. Princeton University Press (http://www.pupress.princeton. edu), 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540-5237, 2002, 368 pages,...
Operation Linebacker II
By October of 1972, peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam had come to a standstill as America tried to extricate itself from the nightmare war in Southeast Asia. President Richard M. Nixon, frustrated by communist intransigence, decided...
P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO
P-40 Warhawk Aces of the MTO, Osprey Aircraft of the Aces Series no. 43, by Carl Molesworth. Osprey Publishing (http://www.ospreypublishing. com/index.shtml), Elms Court, Chapel Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 9LP, United Kingdom, 2002, 96 pages, $18.95.Osprey...
Prelaunch Notes
SUMMER WAS A very busy time for the staff of the Air and Space Power Journal. In June we bid farewell to the director of the Airpower Research Institute (AR), Col Allan W. Howey, who retired from the Air Force. He will be greatly missed! We take this...
Regional Security and Air and Space Power
AS THIS ISSUE of ASPJ goes to press, the strategic and operational situation in much of the world has changed once again. The challenges to US security and interests are simultaneously real, intense, and ill defined. US forces find themselves engaging...
Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945
Rhetoric and Reality in Air Warfare: The Evolution of British and American Ideas about Strategic Bombing, 1914-1945 by Tami Davis Biddle. Princeton University Press (http://www.pupress. princeton.edu), 41 William Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540-5237,...
Ricochets and Replies
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Robbie Risner
When the term American hero comes to mind, so does the name Robbie Risner. Born into modest circumstances in 1925 in Arkansas, James Robinson Risner enlisted in the US Army Air Forces in 1943. After getting his wings, he was assigned to duty in the Panama...
Strategic Airlift: The C-5 Galaxy
ASPJ STAFFThe C-5 is a formidable aircraft. The giant "T-tail" entered the active inventory on 17 December 1969 and has been a source of national strength, pride, and worry ever since. Its dramatic successes, such as Operation Nickel Grass (airlift to...
Swedish Signal Intelligence, 1900-1945
Swedish Signal Intelligence, 1900-1945 by C. G. McKay and Bengt Beckman. Frank Cass Publishers (http://www.frankcass.com), 5824 NE Hassalo Street, Portland, Oregon 97213-3644, 2002, 310 pages, $49.50 (hardcover).Signals intelligence (SIGINT) is seldom...
The Benelux Deployable Air Task Force: A Model for EU/NATO Defense Force Integration
Editorial Abstract: Colonel On observes the success of Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg in combining aspects of their individual military strengths to create the Benelux Deployable Air Task Force, a rapid-response expeditionary capability. The success...
The Chinese Air Force and Air and Space Power
Editorial Abstract: Analysts who predict that China will become the next peer competitor of the United States often cite as evidence China's large population and latent industrial potential. If they are correct, a critical component of US-Chinese relations...
The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress, and War Powers
The Clinton Wars: The Constitution, Congress, and War Powers by Ryan C. Hendrickson. Vanderbilt University Press (http://www.vanderbilt. edu/vupress/index.html), VU Station B 351813, Nashville, Tennessee 37235-1813, 2002, 240 pages, $49.95 (hardcover),...
The Warriors: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, and Veteran of the Air Wars over Vietnam
The Warriors: Reflections of a Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, and Veteran of the Air Wars over Vietnam by Robert E. Ross. Yucca Tree Press (http:// yuccatree.com), Barbed Wire Publishing, 270 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005, 2002, 304 pages,...
Vietnam Air Losses: United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973
Vietnam Air Losses: United States Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps Fixed-Wing Aircraft Losses in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973 by Chris Hobson. Midland Publishing, available from Specialty Press (http://www.specialtypress.com), 39966 Grand Avenue, North...
War of the Aeronauts: The History of Ballooning in the Civil War
War of the Aeronauts: The History of Ballooning in the Civil War by Charles M. Evans. Stackpole Books (http://www.stackpolebooks.com/ cgi-bin/StackpoleBooks.storefront), 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055-6921, 2002, 368 pages, $27.95...
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race by Thomas P. Stafford with Michael Cassutt. Smithsonian Institution Press (http://www. sipress.si.edu), 750 Ninth Street NW, Suite 4300, Washington, D.C. 20560-0950, 2002, 224 pages, $29.95 (hardcover).From...
Who We Are and What We Do: The Evolution of the Air Force's Core Competencies
Editorial Abstract: Colonel Krisinger analyzes the process that produced the Air Force's original core competencies and offers insights into how recent changes to them will affect the air and space power culture. The degree to which airmen can communicate...
Words and Weapons: The Power of Discourse
Editorial Abstract: Air Force culture favors technological and quantifiable solutions to most problems. However, the methods by which information gets disseminated are as important as the technology used, and the accurate flow of information and data...