Building a Strategic Air Force by Walton S Moody

By Walton S Moody

Description This authoritative legitimate background offers with the early years of the Air Force's attempt to construct and hold a strategic impressive strength, from 1945 via 1953. It discusses the interval of reorganization in nationwide safety within the years after the tip of the second one global conflict, because the military Air Forces handled questions of constitution, doctrine, process, atomic guns, and expertise.

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20 James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War ZZ (NY: William Morrow, 19801, pp 57-63. Although this discussion of the evolution of the American outlook on strategic air forces relies on traditional sources, some of the new work on the subject must be noted. Ronald Schaffer, Wings of Judgment: American Bombing in World War ZI (NY: Oxford Univ Press, 1985) provides a valuable discussion of the extent to which American civilian and military leaders, including the airmen, wrestled with the moral issues of strategic bombing.

Stalin at Yalta in 1945, had hoped that a United Nations steered by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union would become the primary shaper of the post-war world and guarantor of peace. Arnold also realized that the AAF’s goals would not be reached without controversy. While he and his colleagues were convinced that the war had validated their main philosophy, he recognized that events had not convinced everyone. As he wrote to Spaatz, We were never able to launch the full power of our bombing attack ....

Arnold claimed that any part of the United States could be attacked from the air: Such developments as the atomic bomb, the V-2 and the whole range of radio directed and homing missiles accentuate the security problem of the air. At this time these weapons will be delivered through the air. The basic defense against such a plan of attack must lie in the ability to mount rapid, powerful offensive action against the source. 14 Finally, air power needed an institutional voice to ensure that a qualified person made key decisions.

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