Airpower & the Cult of the Offensive by John R. Carter

By John R. Carter

Significant Carter explores 3 case stories that experience very important similarities: the doctrine of significant Britain's Royal Air strength from 1918 to 1938, the Israeli Air Force's procedure from 1967 to 1973, and the USA Air Force's approach from 1953 to 1965. He starts by way of constructing the theoretical history helpful for case research research. He dissects the connection among offense and security to find that airpower safety enjoys neither a bonus of place nor of time. He examines the character of offense and security as they follow to airpower and gives purposes army association may perhaps want offensive doctrines. significant Carter identifies the weather and implications of the cult of the offensive.

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The RAF began its dismantling of British air defenses as soon as it received responsibility for the mission after World War I. By 1920 the RAF had placed all searchlights and AAA pieces in storage, dismantled every air defense control center, and reassigned every fighter squadron previously committed to air defense. 92 These actions may have been the result o f an increasingly pacifist public’s desire to remove weapons of war from sight, especially when no threat appeared visible on the horizon.

N. 122 After the last four chapters of his book were published in the next issue, Golovine became a frequent contributor to the journal. His balanced view of offense and defense and his advocacy of several types of specialized combat aircraft 46 CARTER contrasted sharply with the RAF and Douhet’s offensively centered doctrine. F. Quarterly is any mention of the Spanish Civil War, where data on the effects of bombing on civilian morale could have been gathered. 124 From August to December 1936, both the Nationalists and the Loyalists bombed Spanish cities hoping to destroy the enemy population’s morale.

That the bomber would always get through. . ”129 The idea that an offensive ideology gripped RAF planners might help to explain why they did not question the efficacy of their planned offensive operations or account for the myriad employment details. If one truly believed the contemporary rhetoric that the power of the bomber offensive was irresistible, then matters such as precise target location, navigation techniques, or development of improved munitions 48 CARTER might begin to lose their relevance.

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