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Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II$
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Phil Haun

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176789

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176789.001.0001

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The Objective of Air Warfare

The Objective of Air Warfare

(p.46) 2 The Objective of Air Warfare
Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II
Phil Haun
University Press of Kentucky

In this chapter three lectures are presented. Muir Fairchild, in “Air Power and Air Warfare,” emphasizes the need for an air force in being at the outset of war. In “Principles of War,” Donald Wilson argues that instead of seeking out immutable principles, the study of war should focus on linking the desired ends to the available means. The true objective of war is not the defeat of the enemy’s armed forces in battle but the overall defeat of the enemy nation such that it sues for peace on favorable terms. Air power is best suited for achieving this objective through massed offensive action. Haywood Hansell, in “The Aim in War,” reasons that war is the means for a nation to achieve its objectives by overcoming the will of the enemy nation’s population. The airplane, unlike surface forces, can directly strike the nation’s will without having to first defeat the enemy’s military forces.

Keywords:   Muir Fairchild, Donald Wilson, Haywood Hansell, air warfare, HADPB, Air Corps Tactical School

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