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Projecting American Airpower : Should We Buy Bombers, Carriers, or Fighters?

By Major Roy Michael Mattson, USAF

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Reproduction Date: 10/23/2012

Title: Projecting American Airpower : Should We Buy Bombers, Carriers, or Fighters?  
Author: Major Roy Michael Mattson, USAF
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: United States
Historic
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Publisher: Air University Press
Member Page: Air University Press

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The purpose of this thesis is to determine which form of airpower will best serve American power projection requirements as we approach the turn of the century. It examines three forms of airpower: carrier air, long-range combat air (B-2), and theater air (i.e., F-15, F-16, and EF-111). The author concludes that theater aircraft are the mainstay of US airpower. Theater airpower was the decisive form of airpower in our three major conflicts since World War II (Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq) and will be in the regional conflicts of the future. It is superior in the broadest sense of the word—economically, militarily, and politically.

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . 1 FUNDING, AIRPOWER, AND POWER PROJECTION . . . . 2 CRITERIA . . . 4 FIXED-COST COMPOSITION OF EACH AIRPOWER INSTRUMENT . . . . . 8 ORDNANCE LOAD . . . . 12 ORDNANCE FLEXIBILITY . . . 16 MISSION FLEXIBILITY . . . . . 18 ANALYSIS . . . . . . 23 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS . . . . . . 26 NOTES . . . . . 29

 

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