Accession Number : ADA331834

Title :   The World Airpower Compendium

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Blackburn, Mark S. ; Bogdan, Christopher C. ; Bradford, William J. ; Ozsever, Tayyip

PDF Url : ADA331834

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : In today's rapidly changing world a current, accurate, and easily accessible data base of all the world's airpower assets is valuable to military students, educators, and war gaming professionals alike. The World Airpower Compendium provides a comprehensive picture of the airpower assets of all the world's nations as of April 1996. This unclassified data base couples accurate, up to date aircraft inventories with a description of how nations distribute, organize, and use their air assets. The resulting computer product, developed using Assymetrix Corporation's ToolBook software, rivals many of today's prominent airpower references. The ToolBook uniquely integrates large volumes of dispersed and difficult to find information into a single, easy to use product. It provides a wealth of information at the click of a mouse button. Initially, this year's team collected data from leading unclassified sources and used various techniques to resolve data conflicts among these sources. The resulting compilation of aircraft inventories represents the most accurate estimates currently available. A narrative describing organization and distribution of a nation's air assets, the fin flash/roundel found on its military aircraft, and current trend information for each nation were combined with this inventory data to provide a complete picture of each nation's airpower situation. All this information was then incorporated into a ToolBook application that is easy to use, attractive, and entertaining. The World Airpower Compendium stands alone as a superior source of current air asset information for all the world's nations. It will be updated annually at the United States Air Command and Staff College and is now available on the Internet.

Descriptors :   *AIR POWER, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, MILITARY PERSONNEL, NATIONS, MILITARY AIRCRAFT.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE