Accession Number : ADA293593

Title :   Snakes in the Eagle's Nest - Ground Attacks on Air Bases, 1940-1992.

Descriptive Note : Research brief.

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

PDF Url : ADA293593

Report Date : MAR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 3

Abstract : Current research on global airpower trends suggests that, for the foreseeable future, few opponents will be able to challenge the U.S. Air Force (USAF) in the air. Potential adversaries, therefore, are likely to look for alternative means of countering U.S. airpower. A recent RAND study considers various ways that adversaries can threaten U.S. air operations during a future conflict. A part of this larger study, Snakes in the Eagle's Nest: A History of Ground Attacks an Air Bases, focuses on air base attacks from 1940 to 1992. The research shows that ground attacks on air bases have been much more frequent and successful than is commonly appreciated. In typical cases, small and lightly armed units, striking quickly, succeeded in damaging and destroying valuable aircraft and equipment. The study considers hundreds of such attacks, giving primary attention to three case-study regions in which most of the examples occurred: Crete and North Africa during World War II and Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. (MM)

Descriptors :   *AIRPORTS, *RAIDS, LAND WARFARE, LESSONS LEARNED, AIRCRAFT, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE FACILITIES, MILITARY TACTICS, AIR POWER, COUNTERMEASURES.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE