Book ID: CBB152995485

Limiting Risk in America's Wars: Airpower, Asymmetrics, and a New Strategic Paradigm (2017)

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Meilinger, Phillip S. (Author)


Naval Institute Press


Publication Date: 2017
Edition Details: Book Series: Transforming war
Physical Details: xx + 277 pp.
Language: English

The United States has the most expensive and seemingly unstoppable military in the world. Yet, since World War II the nation's military success rate has been meager. The Korean War was a draw, while Vietnam, Mogadishu, Afghanistan, and Iraq were clear losses. Successes include Iraq in 1991, the Balkans (Croatia and Kosovo), Panama, the initial takedowns of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, and Libya. What differentiates the failures from the successes? Failures have been marked by the introduction of large numbers of conventional American ground troops, while successes have been characterized by the use of airpower, special operations forces, robust intelligence and sensor platforms, and the use of indigenous ground troops. Phillip S. Meilinger's new book advocates strategies that limit risks in war as well as achieve measurable goals. Instead of large numbers of conventional ground troops, the author argues in favor of a focus on asymmetric capabilities--a combination of airpower, special operation forces, intelligence, and indigenous ground troops--to achieve the desired political outcomes. (Publisher)

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Review Golda Eldridge (Summer 2018) Review of "Limiting Risk in America's Wars: Airpower, Asymmetrics, and a New Strategic Paradigm". Air Power History (pp. 52-53). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Dyndal, Gjert Lage
Polmar, Norman
Bessette, John
Morris, Craig F.
Hampton, Dan
Pashakhanlou, Arash Heydarian
Journals
Air Power History
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
Science, Technology and Human Values
Journal of Historical Geography
Publishers
Naval Institute Press
University Press of Kansas
Ashgate e-Book
Quarto Publications
Voyageur Press
MIT Press
Concepts
Military technology
Aviation, Military
Strategy, military
Air Power
Military doctrine
World War II
People
Clausewitz, Carl von
Holley, I. B., Jr. (Irving Brinton), 1919-2013
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
17th century
16th century
19th century
Places
United States
Great Britain
Sweden
Germany
China
Japan
Institutions
Great Britain. Royal Navy
United States Air Force (USAF)
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