Tomorrow's Air Force

Tomorrow's Air Force : Tracing the Past, Shaping the Future

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Looking ahead to future airpower requirements, this engaging and ground-breaking book on the history and future of American combat airpower argues that the USAF must adapt to the changes that confront it or risk decline into irrelevance. To provide decision makers with the necessary analytical tools, Jeffrey J. Smith uses organizational modeling to help explain historical change in the USAF and to anticipate change in the future. While the analysis and conclusions it offers may prove controversial, the book aims to help planners make better procurement decisions, institute appropriate long-term policy, and better organize, train, and equip the USAF for the more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 160.02 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 24 b&w illus.
  • 0253010780
  • 9780253010780
  • 2,039,123

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With the Air Force bracing itself for a future of tight budgets, rapid technological change, and strategic uncertainty, its leaders at all levels must begin to ask themselves and each other some tough questions about the direction in which their service is headed. Those airmen willing to actively engage such discussions would do well to turn to Smith's book as the basic point of departure for debates concerning the intricate relationship between the Air Force's past, present, and future. * Strategic Studies Quarterly *show more

About Jeffrey J. Smith

Colonel Jeffrey J. Smith, US Air Force, is the Commandant and Dean of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is an Air Force pilot with over 2,300 flying hours and has served in numerous command and staff positions. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Washington State more

Table of contents

PrefaceIntroductionPeriod One: 1907-19471. The Birth of Military Airpower2. World War I and the Interwar Years3. World War II4. "Counting" the Changes in Period OnePeriod Two: 1947-19925. The Rise of Bomber Dominance: 1947-19656. Bomber Decline: 1965-19927. The Changing Leadership of Period TwoPeriod Three: 1992-20308. Fighter Pilot Dominance 1992-19949. From Bosnia to Allied Force: 1994-199910. September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq: 2001-201111. Signs of Change: 1992-201012. Anticipating USAF Change13. Framing the Survey Perspectives14. Changing Leadership15. Predicting the Future16. Summary and RecommendationsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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