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Wright Flyer Paper : The Diplomacy of the Jaguar; French Airpower ...

By: Lieutenant Colonel Geraud J. Laborie, French Air Force

This paper addresses the use of airpower during the French military operations in Africa since 1960. Using case study methodology, it emphasizes the operational level of war and analyzes the use of the different French army, air force, and naval aviation operational roles; the adaptation of equipment to conditions in Africa; and the changes in the French- African policy that have influenced the use of airpower.

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Wright Flyer Paper : Slovakia 1944; The Forgotten Uprising, Vol. 34

By: Major Sean M. Judge, USAF

The Slovak National Uprising of 1944 is ignored and/or treated as a nonevent in the Western historiography of World War II. The political climate during World War II and the Cold War that followed obscured and distorted the history and understanding of this revolt. The raising of the Iron Curtain in the 1990s removed the veil of secrecy from much of Eastern Europe’s wartime history, and Western historians are exploring the new resources available, but coverage of Slovaki...

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Wright Flyer Paper : Hearts and Minds; Historical Counterinsurgenc...

By: LCDR Joseph C. McAlexander IV, USN

While history cannot provide a panacea for global terrorism, today’s military can learn lessons from historical small wars and low intensity conflicts to train and employ forces effectively to wage and win a war of ideas to counter global insurgents and their ability to win popular support. This paper employs a review of two case studies, Malaya (1945–60) and Vietnam (1964–72), to illuminate my thesis.

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Wright Flyer Paper : Armageddon's Lost Lessons; Combined Arms Oper...

By: Major Gregory A. Daddis, USA

Under command of British general Allenby, the EEF successfully executed one of the most decisive engagements in any theater of World War I. Ably employing and synchronizing infantry, cavalry, and air forces, Allenby provided future military professionals and historians with a shining illustration of the efficacy of combined arms operations. Unfortunately, the true lessons of Allenby’s campaign were lost for future generations of military officers. This paper analyzes the...

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Wright Flyer Paper : The Expeditionary Airfield as a Center of Gra...

By: Maj Jeff D. Philippart, USAF

This study explores the contemporary relevance of the Guadalcanal campaign to current military operations. Specifically, it uses expeditionary joint air operations flown from Henderson Field during the period August 1942 to February 1943 as a case study for the employment of airpower from an austere airfield. Henderson Field provides a historical example of the expeditionary airfield as a center of gravity for joint military operations, and it demonstrates that key force...

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Wright Flyer Paper : On the Wings of the White Eagle; Poland’s Air...

By: Lt Col Pamela J. Wolosz, USAF

In 1989 years of Soviet control over political, economic, and military systems had left Poland unprepared to significantly contribute to NATO. However, Poland accepted the challenge of building a capable air arm for NATO as it began to reform its political system, modernize its air force, and strengthen its economic system to support air force modernization. This research paper analyzes Poland’s progress in implementing these reforms and is grounded in three themes: (1) ...

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Wright Flyer Paper : They Too Served; 496th Fighter Training Group...

By: Maj David H. Kelley, USAF

In 1944 a young man from Nahant, Massachusetts, experienced World War II as an unsung corporal assigned to an unheralded unit near an obscure English village. Few history books recall his war. But he and his unit personified a brand of service—seldom newsworthy, often tedious, always selfless—that underpinned Allied victory. This man was my father. This research paper is his unit’s story.

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Wright Flyer Paper : United States Marine Corps Air-ground Integra...

By: Major Gary L. Thomas, USMC

This paper addresses Marine Corps aviation’s contribution in the area of air-ground integration during the Second World War. I chose this topic because it is not an area that has been widely researched, and it deals with a mission that I am tasked with as a FA-18 pilot. The issue of air-ground integration is as relevant today as it was in World War II, and it has many implications for air support in the joint arena.

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Wright Flyer Paper : Strategic Implications of Culture Historical ...

By: Maj Kimberly A. Crider, USAF

I wanted to research and write a paper that will provide a culturally based view of social and political change and the strategic implications those changes might have on international relations and, specifically, military policy and planning. It is my hope that this research will give policy makers and planners cause to consider carefully the important underlying cultural factors that inevitably influence the strategic goals and behaviors of nations as they respond to a...

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Wright Flyer Paper : Second World War Deception Lessons Learned fo...

By: Major Donald J. Bacon, USAF

This study then examined Joint Publication 3-58, Joint Doctrine for Military Deception, and determined it could better incorporate the lessons learned from World War II. Current joint doctrine could be improved by underscoring the contribution that deception provides to surprise, the importance of integrating deception within all three levels of war, and the importance of exploiting an adversary’s preexisting beliefs when creating a deception story. Applying these World ...

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Air Force Research Institute Papers 2010-2 : On the Fly; Israeli ...

By: Lieutenant Colonel Matthew M. Hurley, USAF
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The Art of Wing Leadership and Aircrew Morale in Combat

By: John J. Zentner

Lt Col John J. Zentner’s The Art of Wing Leadership and Aircrew Morale in Combat addresses the role that the air force wing commander plays in affecting the level of aircrew morale during combat. More specifically, Colonel Zentner’s study seeks to identify and define those unique characteristics associated with leading airmen that sustain aircrew morale in the face of significant losses.

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XIX Tactical Air Command and ULTRA : Patton’s Force Enhancers in 1...

By: Bradford J. Shwedo

Gen George S. Patton Jr. remains one of the most storied commanders of World War II. Patton’s spectacularly successful drive across France in August–September 1944 as commander of the US Third Army was perhaps his greatest campaign.

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Air-to-Ground Battle for Italy

By: Michael C. Mccarthy
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American Airpower Comes of Age : General Henry H., Vol. 2

By: John W. Huston

This volume offers the best assessment we have of General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold as he survived four wartime heart attacks and continued to work tirelessly for proper recognition of airpower. It will also continue my emphasis while Chief of Staff of the US Air Force on encouraging professional reading through making historical accounts available to personnel of the finest air force in the world, a success achieved in large part because of Hap Arnold.

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American Airpower Comes of Age : General Henry H., Vol 1

By: John W. Huston

This volume offers the best assessment we have of General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold as he survived four wartime heart attacks and continued to work tirelessly for proper recognition of airpower. It will also continue my emphasis while Chief of Staff of the US Air Force on encouraging professional reading through making historical accounts available to personnel of the finest air force in the world, a success achieved in large part because of Hap Arnold.

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Prolonged Wars : A Post-Nuclear Challenge

By: Dr. Karl P. Magyar
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The Role of US Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War Era

By: Richard A. Paulsen

Major Rick Paulsen's study analyzes the role of United States nuclear weapons in this new, multipolar environment. He begins with a historical look at the role nuclear weapons have played in US defense policy since 1945. He reviews current unclassified guidance and the spectrum of public opinion on where the United States should be going with its nuclear weapons programs . He then surveys the potential threat of weapons of mass destruction. Major Paulsen concludes his st...

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Challenge and Response : Anticipating US Military Security Concerns

By: Dr. Karl P. Magyar, Ed.
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No Sense in Dwelling on the Past?

By: Ryan Shaughnessy 2nd Lt.

This book examines the German air force (GAF) monograph project, also known as the Karlsruhe project, through which the US Air Force employed former Luftwaffe generals to record the history of World War II from the German perspective.

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