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Author Givens, Robert P

Title Turning the vertical flank : airpower as a maneuver force in the theater campaign / Robert P. Givens
Published Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. : Air University Press, [2002]
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Description 1 online resource
Series CADRE paper ; no. 13
CADRE paper ; 13
Contents Functions of a maneuver force -- 1973 Yom Kippur War -- 1972 Easter Offensive -- Normandy Campaign
Summary "The question of airpower's role in a theater campaign is hotly debated among the services and their supporters. This study then seeks to answer the question, to what extent can airpower function as a maneuver force in a theater campaign? The U.S. Air Force suggests that airpower is a maneuver force and implies that the evidence of 1991 Persian Gulf War validates this claim. Critics of this argument claim that the conditions of the Gulf War were so unique that they make any analysis of airpower's potential to be a maneuver force irrelevant. Therefore, this study takes a broad historical approach to the issue. It begins by examining warfare from ancient Greece to the American Civil War in order to determine the essential functions of a maneuver force. It then examines three air operations in reverse chronological order: Airpower employment in the 1973 Arab-Israeli War; the use of airpower in conjunction with South Vietnamese ground forces to frustrate the Communist Easter Offensive of 1972; and finally, operations against the Wehrmacht during the 1944 Normandy campaign. This study's evidence suggests that airpower can function as a maneuver force and therefore should be tasked as such. If airpower is a maneuver force, it can greatly enhance the joint theater campaign both independently and in cooperation with other maneuver forces."
Notes "June 2002."
Title from title screen (viewed Oct. 3, 2003)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Air power
Air warfare
Maneuver warfare
Unified operations (Military science)
Air power.
Air warfare.
Maneuver warfare.
Unified operations (Military science)
Form Electronic book
Author Air University (U.S.). Press
Other Titles Airpower as a maneuver force in the theater campaign