A Century of Air Power: The Changing Face of Warfare 1912-2012

Author(s): Dave Sloggett

Military History

No other technical development since the introduction of gunpowder has had as great an influence on warfare as the aircraft. From its early beginnings as simply a means of aerial reconnaissance to its utter supremacy on the battlefield, the aircraft has evolved into the most versatile and precise killing machine known to man. In this wide-ranging and comprehensive study, David Sloggett, an internationally-respected defence analyst, investigates the changing role and increasing significance of air power over the course of the previous 100 years. This is accomplished by detailing every major conflict during that period including not only the two world wars and the recent conflicts in the Middle East but also the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Falklands War and Russian use of air power in Afghanistan. Air power's role in Malaya, Oman, Kenya and in Northern Ireland is also explained. A Century of Air Power is the most important study of the use of military aircraft ever undertaken and as such provides valuable lessons for the future - not only for the commanders who have to apply these all-powerful weapons but also for the politicians who have to determine its use.

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In this book - A Century of Air Power, Dr Sloggett provides a first-class analysis of the many varied, challenging and innovative uses to which air minded commanders have put this third dimensional capability in the last 100 years. He ably and lucidly describes why and in what ways, Air Power, commanded and controlled by experienced professionals, has fundamentally changed the nature of warfare and combat operations more broadly on the land, at sea and in the air. In this book, Dr Sloggett, has, yet again, demonstrated his mastery of analysis, synthesis and the ability to describe insightfully and effectively the use of air power. He does so clearly, dispassionately, but in a most readable style. He is to be congratulated on bringing the reader a comprehensive, thoughtful and incisive account of the First Century of Air Power and I commend it to you. The last 100 years has yielded many challenges in the air, innovations and lessons - mostly hard won - and many brave and talented people have given their lives to the development of modern air power. Capturing all of this in such an effective work is no mean achievement. True to his character and his background Sloggett presents the facts, the issues and some deductions, but leaves the reader to draw the necessary conclusions. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton GCB ADC LLD(Hon) BSc FRAeS CCMI RAF

Dr Dave Sloggett has spent over 40 years working with the United Kingdom military forces as a scientific advisor and analyst. His work has led him to visit Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan on numerous occasions. He is a recognised authority on Counter Insurgency (COIN) operations and is used as an advisor by NATO to lecture on this subject in support of training missions seeking to help countries establish their own military forces. Today he writes for a wide range of publications and is a strategic advisor to IHS-Janes the publishing company, an organisation for which he is also a regular contributor to their on-line webinars and their publications, such as Janes Intelligence Review, Janes Defence Weekly, Janes Navy International and Janes Islamic Affairs Analysis.

General Fields

  • : 9781781591925
  • : Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • : Pen & Sword Aviation
  • : July 2013
  • : 234mm X 156mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : September 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dave Sloggett
  • : Hardback
  • : Hardback
  • : 358.400904
  • : 358.400904