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Air Power in the Age of Primacy


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1. Air Power in the Age of Primacy Phil Haun; 2. Remote Warfare: A New Architecture of Air Power Timothy P. Schultz; 3. Deliberate Force: Ambivalent Success Thomas Alexander Hughes; 4. Hoping for Victory: Coercive Air Power and NATO's Strategy in Kosovo Andrew L. Stigler; 5. Operation Enduring Freedom Nicholas Blanchette; 6. The Result is Never Final: Operation Iraqi Freedom Heather Venable; 7. Israeli Air Force Effectiveness during the Second Lebanon War (2006) Nimrod Hagiladi; 8. Libya 2011: Hollow Victory in Low-Cost Air War Jahara Matisek; 9. Coercing a Chaos State: The Saudi-Led Air War in Yemen Ralph Shield; 10. Russia's Air War Win in Syria Ralph Shield; 11. Air Power in the Battle of Mosul Stephen Renner; 12. Retrospect and Prospect: Air Power in the Age of Primacy and Beyond Colin Jackson.

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Analyzes the effectiveness of post-Cold War air wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and against terrorist groups.

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Phil Haun, PhD, is a retired US Air Force colonel and decorated A-10 pilot with combat tours over Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. His previous books are Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School (2019) and Coercion, Survival, & War: Why Weak States Resist the United States (2015). He is the Dean of Academics at the US Naval War College. Colin Jackson, PhD, held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia (2017-2019). He has published in International Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, and Political Science Quarterly. He is the Chair of the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the US Naval War College. Tim Schultz, PhD, is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and formerly the Dean of the USAF's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and a U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance pilot. He is also the author of The Problem with Pilots: How Physicians, Engineers, and Airpower Enthusiasts Redefined Flight (2018). He is the Associate Dean of Academics at the US Naval War College.


'Good writing about recent history is hard ... and hard to find. The authors have done an admirable job of analyzing the actions of both airmen and statesmen as they adjusted the theory, systems, and tools they developed for war against great powers and combined them with new tools in this age of air power primacy. The result both examines the results of recent conflicts while they are still fresh and projects lessons to help the airmen and statesmen who must lead the transition back to major power conflict. I gained a better understanding of 'my wars'. You will, too.' James M. 'Mike' Holmes, General, United States Air Force (retired.)
'Someday historians may regard the period following the breakup of the Soviet as an 'interwar era' - a relatively brief lull in outbreaks of great power conflict. The editors of this volume have assembled an outstanding compendium of analyses of airpower employment during this era. Some chapters are topical (e.g., the general rise in the importance of remotely operated air vehicles); others document airpower's application in specific regional conflicts. Each chapter includes a penetrating and well-balanced narrative; together they form a must read for military professionals studying the lessons of airpower in the post-Cold War era, and their potential application to larger-scale conflicts.' Allen G. Peck, Lieutenant General, United States Air Force (retired.)
'Air Power in the Age of Primacy rigorously examines all the major air campaigns since the end of the Cold War as no other book has. Analytically sharp and empirically rich, this terrific volume is a must read for anyone seeking to understand modern warfare.' Caitlin Talmadge, Associate Professor of Security Studies, The Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

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