Abstract and Keywords
Several interrelated technological and doctrinal developments over the past two decades have changed the character of air warfare and indeed of the US-led Western way of war in general. It is notably different from the images of air warfare in the total wars of the twentieth century and was central in what has been termed the ‘revolution in military affairs’ of the 1990s. Recent wars, both conventional and irregular, have demonstrated the increased utility of the resultant new air power capabilities but also the necessity for ensuring proper strategic preconditions for effectuating the potential of post-industrial-age armed forces, of which air power is the cutting edge.
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