Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Air Force Way of WarU.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160597

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160597.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 27 July 2021

Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

Impact of New Aircraft on Training

(p.83) 4 Setting the Stage
The Air Force Way of War

Brian D. Laslie

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter 4 examines the development of new aircraft. It also details how new technologies were incorporated into training exercises. As the training revolution was beginning, the air force was procuring new aircraft and systems with special new technologies. The new technologies forced the training exercises to become even more realistic and to increase threat levels to keep pace with advancements in the aircraft. One of the most contentious issues that arose from the Vietnam experience was the air force’s perceived lack of interest in performing close air support (CAS). This spurred the creation of the A-10. The A-10 quickly found a place in specifically designed Red Flag and other exercises that focused exclusively on the CAS mission. The post–Vietnam era also saw the procurement of “advanced fighters.” The F-15 and F-16 became complementary systems that functioned in tandem at Red Flag exercises and blended advanced technologies (radar and missiles) with advanced training techniques to produce a combat air force prepared to face either the Soviets or their proxies. Chapter 4 demonstrates that the stealth technology also altered more traditional uses of air power and provided the TAC with a powerful weapon that could destroy Soviet air defense systems.

Keywords:   Stealth, Close air support, F-15, F-117, A-10, Military reformers

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .