August 26, 2013
Independent U.S. Air Force Debate
There is been an interesting debate at David Axe's and Medium.com's "War Is Boring" over whether the United States benefits or loses military power from its independent Air Force.
The in-house Air Force bureaucratic response was quickly furnished by an Air Force colonel, Michael Bob Starr, with experience in a B-1B over Afghanistan. Col. Starr's comments were his own, but they surely represent the corporate opinion as well. Find the piece, "Actually, America DOES Need the Air Force," here
Much but not all of the debate revolves around the persistent failure of strategic bombing enthusiasts, in either their past or modern formulations, to keep their promises for the military and political effect of their prognostications. Moreover the application of tactical air power directly on battlefields has been a far more powerful way to influence the course of wars. For a historical analysis of the latter, see "Reversing the Decay of America's Air Power
" (a chapter in the anthology "America's Defense Meltdown") which is reproduced with the permission of the publisher here
. The chapter is authored by Robert Dilger and Pierre Sprey.
By: Winslow Wheeler
Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO, POGO
At the time of publication Mr. Wheeler's was the director of the Straus Military Reform Project of the Center For Defense Information at POGO.
The goal of the Straus Military Reform Project is to secure far more effective military forces and much more ethical and professional military and civilian leadership at significantly lower budget levels.
We would like to thank Philip A. Straus Jr. and family for their generous support.
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