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The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam

Brian D. Laslie


This work traces the creation and evolution of air combat training exercises within the U.S. Air Force from Vietnam through Operation Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force. After Vietnam, the USAF fundamentally changed the way it prepared its combat pilots for air warfare. The creation of the realistic training exercise Red Flag altered the way the air force trained for and executed combat operations. Along the way, the importance of tactical aircraft greatly increased as the importance and contributions of the Strategic Air Command began to wane.

Keywords: Air force, Red Flag, Military training, Aircraft, Desert Storm, Allied Force, Air combat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780813160597
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian D. Laslie, author
North American Aerospace Defense Command