Tomorrow's Air Force: Tracing The Past, Shaping The Future

Hardcover | November 1, 2013

byJeffrey J. Smith

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Looking ahead to future airpower requirements, this engaging and ground-breaking book on the history and future of American combat airpower argues that the USAF must adapt to the changes that confront it or risk decline into irrelevance. To provide decision makers with the necessary analytical tools, Jeffrey J. Smith uses organizational modeling to help explain historical change in the USAF and to anticipate change in the future. While the analysis and conclusions it offers may prove controversial, the book aims to help planners make better procurement decisions, institute appropriate long-term policy, and better organize, train, and equip the USAF for the future.

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Looking ahead to future airpower requirements, this engaging and ground-breaking book on the history and future of American combat airpower argues that the USAF must adapt to the changes that confront it or risk decline into irrelevance. To provide decision makers with the necessary analytical tools, Jeffrey J. Smith uses organizationa...

Colonel Jeffrey J. Smith, US Air Force, is the Commandant and Dean of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He is an Air Force pilot with over 2,300 flying hours and has served in numerous command and staff positions. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Washington State University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010780

ISBN - 13:9780253010780

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Period One: 1907-1947
1. The Birth of Military Airpower
2. World War I and the Interwar Years
3. World War II
4. "Counting" the Changes in Period One
Period Two: 1947-1992
5. The Rise of Bomber Dominance: 1947-1965
6. Bomber Decline: 1965-1992
7. The Changing Leadership of Period Two
Period Three: 1992-2030
8. Fighter Pilot Dominance 1992-1994
9. From Bosnia to Allied Force: 1994-1999
10. September 11th, Afghanistan and Iraq: 2001-2011
11. Signs of Change: 1992-2010
12. Anticipating USAF Change
13. Framing the Survey Perspectives
14. Changing Leadership
15. Predicting the Future
16. Summary and Recommendations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"According to Smith, leadership must adapt and prepare for a future battle space that is more technologically dependent, operationally dispersed, and focused away from air combat to air support and enhancement. It is a bold and courageous clarion call from a highly respected serving officer that should be read and heeded by anyone interested in the future of the US Air Force." -Everett Dolman, School of Advanced Airpower Studies