Accession Number : ADA299861

Title :   Heavy Bomber Requirements for the Late 1990s: A Case Study of the B-52.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis, 2 Aug 94-2 Jun 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS

Personal Author(s) : Walls, Randall M.

PDF Url : ADA299861

Report Date : 02 JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 91

Abstract : This thesis examines the position the B-52 has filled in support of U.S. national security objectives and deterrence. This thesis recommends that the B-52G augment the bomber fleet until the B-2 and new precision-guided munitions become available in amounts necessary to serve as force multipliers. The thesis also evaluates whether or not the B-52 will continue to have a place in post-Cold War U.S. defense strategy. The historical contribution of the B-52 provides the background data for this analysis. Operations during the Battle of An Loc, Linebacker II, and Operations DESERT STORM are the focal points for this study. This study assists in the determination of any significant deltas that may exist between the number of B-52s required to augment the bomber force currently funded and the base force recommended in the Bottom-up Review. It examines whether those deltas are fiscally or operationally biased. The thesis concludes that the B-52G should augment the planned bomber

Descriptors :   *MILITARY OPERATIONS, *BOMBER AIRCRAFT, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), REQUIREMENTS, IRAQ, KUWAIT, NATIONAL SECURITY, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, ATTACK, THESES, IRON, CASE STUDIES, CRUISE MISSILES, PRECISION, AMMUNITION, BACKGROUND, FLEETS(SHIPS), STRATEGIC WARFARE, AIR LAUNCHED, GUIDED WEAPONS, BOMBS, DELTAS.

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE