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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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Vital and Vulnerable

Vital and Vulnerable

(p.139) 5 Vital and Vulnerable
Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II
Phil Haun
University Press of Kentucky

In this chapter the critical question as to what to target is taken up by Muir Fairchild in two lectures, “National Economic Structure” and “New York Industrial Area.” Targeting a relatively small number of vital and vulnerable economic nodes of an industrialized nation would produce economic and social paralysis, thereby quickly draining the enemy population of the will and means to resist. By contrast, the direct bombing of civilians is not only unethical and diplomatically costly, it is also less effective than attacking a nation’s economic infrastructure. The attack of economic targets will exert pressure on the ability of the population both to sustain itself and to produce the weapons, munitions. and supplies required to wage war.

Keywords:   Muir Fairchild, Air Corps Tactical School, HADPB, economic infrastructure, New York, aerial warfare

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