Episode 35: Air Power and Air Power Theory
Andrew Stigler, Timothy Shultz, Philip Haun
In this episode Jon O’Gorman hosts Andrew Stigler, Timothy Shultz, and Phil Haun in a discussion about airpower. They begin by looking at the theorical basis of airpower and the thoughts of Giulio Douhet and John Warden. Next, they move to the other theorists on use of airpower and theory of victory of airpower alone. They question if the U.S Airforce are still believers in the winning from the air alone theory. Then we look at cases studies where airpower was used in various degrees to attempt to achieve victory such as WWII, Vietnam, 1990 Gulf War, and Kosovo in 1999. We end with a contemporary use of technology and airpower in Ukraine, how the Russians have used airpower, and what this might mean for the future.
Douhet, John Warden, Ring theory, Strategic bombing, Kosovo, coercion, Ukraine, Russian airpower, World War II
O'Gorman, Jon, "Episode 35: Air Power and Air Power Theory" (2023). Profiles in Strategy. 35.