Accession Number : ADA328849

Title :   The Paths of Heaven The Evolution of Airpower Theory,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Meilinger, Phillip S.

PDF Url : ADA328849

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 673

Abstract : Airpower is not widely understood. Even though it has come to play an increasingly important role in both peace and war, the basic concepts that define and govern airpower remain obscure to many people, even to professional military officers. This fact is largely due to fundamental differences of opinion as to whether or not the aircraft has altered the strategies of war or merely its tactics. If the former, then one can see airpower as a revolutionary leap along the continuum of war; but if the latter, then airpower is simply another weapon that joins the arsenal along with the rifle, machine gun, tank, submarine, and radio. This book implicitly assumes that airpower has brought about a revolution in war. It has altered virtually all aspects of war: how it is fought, by whom, against whom, and with what weapons. Flowing from those factors have been changes in training, organization, administration, command and control , and doctrine. War has been fundamentally transformed by the advent of the airplane.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *MILITARY TACTICS, *AIR POWER, AIR FORCE, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, EVOLUTION(GENERAL).

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE