The Resource Airpower : myths and facts, Phillip S. Meilinger

Airpower : myths and facts, Phillip S. Meilinger

Label
Airpower : myths and facts
Title
Airpower
Title remainder
myths and facts
Statement of responsibility
Phillip S. Meilinger
Title variation
Air power
Title variation remainder
myths and facts
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Ever since the US Army bought its first 3aeroplane4 in 1909, debates have raged over the utility, effectiveness, efficiency, legality, and even the morality of airpower and strategic bombing. Unfortunately, much of this controversy has been colored by accusations, misconceptions, inaccuracies, myths, and simple untruths. If airpower needs criticizing--and certainly there are times when criticism is appropriate--it must be based on accurate information. In Airpower: Myths and Facts, Col Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF, retired, raises points and counterpoints that attempt to clear away some of the detritus that obscures the subject, thus allowing more informed debate on the real issues concerning airpower and strategic bombing and giving our political and military leaders a better basis on which to form decisions in future conflicts
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Meilinger, Phillip S.
Dewey number
358.4/009/04
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
UG630
LC item number
.M455 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Air power
  • Bombing, Aerial
  • Precision bombing
  • HISTORY
  • Air power
  • Bombing, Aerial
Label
Airpower : myths and facts, Phillip S. Meilinger
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=184939
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"December 2003."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Between the world wars, even though the US Army Air Corps received more than its fair share of funds from the Army, it continued to complain, agitate, and ask for more -- 2. Entering World War II, the Air Corps's unbalanced doctrine and force structure leaned too heavily towards strategic bombing. Thus, air support of ground forces was inadequate and largely ignored by airmen -- 3. The Air Corps entered World War II with a "Douhetian" concept of air war that emphasized area bombing and the waging of war on women and children -- 4. Airmen thought they could win the war alone -- 5. The fact that German production, especially of aircraft, continued to increase throughout 1944 proves that the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) was ineffective and that the resources devoted to it would have been better spent elsewhere -- 6. Bombing was ineffective because it actually stiffened rather than lowered enemy morale -- 7. The atomic bombs were unnecessary because Japan was about to surrender; even if it had not given up, an invasion or continued blockade would have been more humane -- 8. Overall, strategic bombing was a wasted effort that produced only minor effects -- 9. Airpower was a failure in Vietnam, losing the war and letting the Army down. Why even have an Air Force if it can't beat a fourth-rate power like North Vietnam? -- 10. Strategic bombing failed in Vietnam because Rolling Thunder did not break the will of Ho Chi Minh and his cohorts to continue the war -- 11. Airpower was an indiscriminate weapon that killed excessive numbers of Vietnamese civilians -- 12. Too focused on strategic attack during the Persian Gulf War, the Air Force provided inadequate support to ground forces -- 13. Air attack is nothing more than "recreational bombing"; pilots fly so high they can't possibly hit their targets accurately -- 14. Despite all the talk by airmen, the employment of airpower remains an indiscriminate use of military force that deliberately targets civilians
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 132 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781429456869
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)85337474
  • (OCoLC)ocm85337474
Label
Airpower : myths and facts, Phillip S. Meilinger
Link
https://ezproxy.lib.ou.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&AN=184939
Publication
Note
"December 2003."
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Between the world wars, even though the US Army Air Corps received more than its fair share of funds from the Army, it continued to complain, agitate, and ask for more -- 2. Entering World War II, the Air Corps's unbalanced doctrine and force structure leaned too heavily towards strategic bombing. Thus, air support of ground forces was inadequate and largely ignored by airmen -- 3. The Air Corps entered World War II with a "Douhetian" concept of air war that emphasized area bombing and the waging of war on women and children -- 4. Airmen thought they could win the war alone -- 5. The fact that German production, especially of aircraft, continued to increase throughout 1944 proves that the Combined Bomber Offensive (CBO) was ineffective and that the resources devoted to it would have been better spent elsewhere -- 6. Bombing was ineffective because it actually stiffened rather than lowered enemy morale -- 7. The atomic bombs were unnecessary because Japan was about to surrender; even if it had not given up, an invasion or continued blockade would have been more humane -- 8. Overall, strategic bombing was a wasted effort that produced only minor effects -- 9. Airpower was a failure in Vietnam, losing the war and letting the Army down. Why even have an Air Force if it can't beat a fourth-rate power like North Vietnam? -- 10. Strategic bombing failed in Vietnam because Rolling Thunder did not break the will of Ho Chi Minh and his cohorts to continue the war -- 11. Airpower was an indiscriminate weapon that killed excessive numbers of Vietnamese civilians -- 12. Too focused on strategic attack during the Persian Gulf War, the Air Force provided inadequate support to ground forces -- 13. Air attack is nothing more than "recreational bombing"; pilots fly so high they can't possibly hit their targets accurately -- 14. Despite all the talk by airmen, the employment of airpower remains an indiscriminate use of military force that deliberately targets civilians
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 132 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781429456869
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)85337474
  • (OCoLC)ocm85337474

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