American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953




      American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953
The Korean War was the first armed engagement for the newly formed U.S Air Force, but far from the type of conflict it expected or wanted to fight As the first air war of the nuclear age, it posed a major challenge to the service to define and successfully carry out its mission by stretching the constraints of limited war while avoiding the excesses of total war Conrad Crane analyzes both the successes and failures of the air force in Korea, offering a balanced treatment of how the air war in Korea actually unfolded He examines the Air Force s contention that it could play a decisive role in a non nuclear regional war but shows that the fledgling service was held to unrealistically high expectations based on airpower s performance in World War II, despite being constrained by the limited nature of the Korean conflict.Crane exposes the tensions and rivalries between services, showing that emphasis on strategic bombing came at the expense of air support for ground troops, and he tells how interactions between army and air force generals shaped the air force s mission and strategy He also addresses misunderstandings about plans to use nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in the war and includes new information from pilot correspondence about the informal policy of hot pursuit over the Yalu that existed at the end of the war The book considers not only the actual air effort in Korea but also its ramifications The air force doubled in size during the war and used that growth to secure its position in the defense establishment, but it wagered its future on its ability to deliver nuclear weapons in a high intensity conflict a position that left it unprepared to fight the next limited war in Vietnam.As America observes the fiftieth anniversary of its initial engagement in Korea, Crane s book is an important reminder of the lessons learned there And as airpower continues to be a cornerstone of American defense, this examination of its uses in Korea provides new insights about the air force s capabilities and limitations. New Read American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953 [ Author ] Conrad C. Crane [ Kindle ePUB or eBook ] – heartforum.co.uk

Conrad C Crane is chief historical services, US Army Heritage and Education Center, US Army War College.

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  • Hardcover
  • 262 pages
  • American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953
  • Conrad C. Crane
  • English
  • 07 December 2018
  • 0700609911

10 thoughts on “ American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953

  1. Vheissu says:

    This is a scholarly work not intended for general readers It will interest military historians, obviously those interested in air combat in the Korean War, but it will also interest students of bureaucratic politics For those interested in the evolution of U.S strategic warfare and nuclear weapons, it is indispensable.The record of U.S Air Force operations in Korea is mixed At first, political leaders and some military leaders, mostly Army and especially Douglas MacArthur, had inflated This is a scholarly work not intended for general readers It will interest military historians, obviously those interested in air combat in the Korean War, but it will also interest students of bureaucratic politics For those interested in the evolution of U.S strategic warfare and nuclear weapons, it is indispensable.The record of U.S Air Force operations in Korea is mixed At first, political leaders and some military leaders, mostly Army and especially Douglas MacArthur, had inflated expectations of Air Force power Air Force leaders, principa...

  2. Jonathan Z. says:

    A good look at the limitations, problems, and expectations placed on the USAF immediately after WWII.

  3. Ross Mallett says:

    Excellent account Very comprehensive.

  4. Scottnshana says:

    I am fascinated by the Korean War We have an airport in my hometown named after one of its aces I like to think the Wichita East High School Aces were also named in his honor when he came home Colonel James Jabara and a beautiful war monument to those we lost in Korea perched next to the Arkansas River in Veterans Memorial...

  5. Raj Agrawal says:

    Difficulty fitting airpower as a concept, culture, and capability into the context of a limited war see Clodfelter Initial belief that airpower could win the war was based on preconceptions developed from strategic airpower s devastating effects during WWII, but subsequent disillusion from reality this book has a similar theme as Biddle s rhetoric vs reality during the Korean War caused American leaders to question the efficacy of airpower as a whole The same destructive power that Difficulty fitting airpower as a concep...

  6. Mike says:

    Its difficult to understand exactly why this book was written, or what I would use it for Crane argues that airpower promises of quick and decisive victory were not achieved in Korea, and confused air war planners He elaborates that the various lessons learned namely, the importance of tactical airpower and the failure of strategic bombing in a limited war context were ignored and had to be relearned at great cost in the VIetnam War He is not wrong in these conclusions, but they do not seem Its difficult to understand exactly why this book was written, or what I would use it for Crane argues that airpower promises of quick and decisive victory were not achieved in Korea, and confused air war planners He elaborates that the various lessons learned namely, the importance of tactical airpower and the failure of strategic bombing in a limited war context were ignored and had to be relearned at great cost in the VIetnam War He is not wrong in these conclusions, but they do not seem to differ from other literature on the subject In essence...

  7. Trav says:

    This is the first book that I have read that truly highlights the influence of the personality and experience of individual leaders on the development and employment of air power Conrad s focus on the influence of individuals on the Korean air war is evident from the opening pages of the book when he lays out the how the view of air power of the various CINCFEs were shaped by their WWII experience That a leader s experience shapes the employment of assets at his disposal is not a surprising This is the first book that I have read that truly highlights the influence of the personality and experience of individual leaders on the development and employment of air power Conrad s focus on the influence of individuals on the Korean air war is evident from the opening pages of the book when he lays out the how the view of air power of the various CINCFEs were shaped by their WWII experience That a leader s experience shapes the employment of assets at his disposal is not a surprising revelation however, as Conrad makes clear, this i...

  8. Barry Hunte says:

    Good if you like fighter pilot books Very biased.

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