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The Age of Airpower Airpower than any other factor has shaped war in the twentieth century In this fascinating narrative history Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolu

  • Title: The Age of Airpower
  • Author: Martin van Creveld
  • ISBN: 9781586489816
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Age of Airpower By Martin van Creveld, Airpower, than any other factor, has shaped war in the twentieth century In this fascinating narrative history, Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolution of both technology and strategy He documents seminal battles and turning points, and relates stories of individual daring and collective mastery of the skies.HowevAirpower, than any other factor, has shaped war in the twentieth century In this fascinating narrative history, Martin van Creveld vividly portrays the rise of the plane as a tool of war and the evolution of both technology and strategy He documents seminal battles and turning points, and relates stories of individual daring and collective mastery of the skies.However, the end of airpower s glorious age is drawing near The conventional wisdom to the contrary, modern precision guided munitions have not made fighter bombers effective against many kinds of targets than their predecessors in World War II U.S ground troops calling for air support in Iraq in 2003 did not receive it any faster than Allied forces did in France in 1944 And from its origins on, airpower has never been very effective against terrorists, guerrillas, and insurgents As the warfare waged by these kinds of people grow in importance, and as ballistic missiles, satellites, cruise missiles and drones increasingly take the place of quarter billion dollar manned combat aircraft and their multi million dollar pilots, airpower is losing utility almost day by day.

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    1. Blind spots I ve blind spots too I thought I knew all there is to know about militairy aviation and its history but Martin van Creveld s book The Age of Airpower 2011 showed me that I ve them too.My three blind spots 1 Since World War II the countries with nuclear weapons only fight with countries that don t have nukes All their wars are low scale and are never a real threat of the homeland And the glory and power of militairy aviation in Yugoslavia, Irak and Libya Low scale wars against non nuc [...]

    2. The conclusion The age of airpower as we commonly think of it is already over As is the age of the drone, we are already at the age of the robot Is nuclear war obsolete This book thinks so, I agree.

    3. This a decent potted history of military aviation and its impact on wider history, well written and refreshingly blunt in its statements However, new insights are rare in its lengthy text From a historian with the reputation of Martin van Creveld, one has the right to expect much better.The book would, frankly, have benefitted a lot from an editor with knowledge of aviation history Minor semantic errors such as referring to aircraft as the Nakajima C 6 or Vought F 4, when their correct designat [...]

    4. A very easy to read and provocative romp through the way air power defined widely to include missiles, space and some discussion of cyber has shaped conflict and discussion of conflict Van Creveld s two big take aways are that strategic bombing almost never has the effect its supporters claim esp psychological he argues we ve almost never seen an opponent bombed into submission , and secondly that dogfight of the sort we ve just bought 12b worth of F 35 s to carry out are probably also a thing o [...]

    5. Very good overview of military airpower I highly recommend it to people with a high interest in warplanes, but have never really considered their true role in conflicts and where the technology s future lies The only reason this solid book of theory gets 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the oddly common factual and terminology errors committed throughout the book For me it didn t hurt the actual logic in the end, but while I was reading it made his efforts of persuasion slightly less believabl [...]

    6. Impressive and timely survey of how airpower shaped modern warfare, and also its limitations against guerilla forces, say It is incredibly tempting to think that airpower is a means of accomplishing objectives with a minimal effort, but in its present form, it cannot do everything on its own Let us hope our modern generals take van Creveld s lessons to heart in Libya.

    7. His conclusions are those of a generation that dared to dream, but once their dreams were realized, failed to dream again Step aside and let the next generation of Airmen shape Airpower from now on.

    8. Van Creveld doesn t hold his sharp tongue as usual.It is nice to read a book about military aviation by a historian that doesn t buy into the Air Power ethos.Most aviation history is written by aviation enthusiasts that simply don t ask the hard questions.

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