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Air Force Service Procurement: Approaches for Measurement and Management (Paperback), by Laura H. Baldwin. To assist the Air Force in the process of changing the way it purchases services, this report reviews related commercial sector practices and suggests metrics to track progress and refine services procurement efforts over time. Information

Apollo's Warriors: Us Air Force Special Operations During the Cold War (Paperback), by Michael E. Haas. University Press of the Pacific (June 2002). Information

Battling for Bombers: The U.S. Air Force Fights for its Modern Strategic Aircraft Programs (Contributions in Military Studies) (Hardcover), by Frank P. Donnini. Although the United States Air Force was founded upon strategic bombardment theory and advocacy, the service has traditionally had tremendous difficulty in obtaining the adequate funding for bombers that it requires to fulfill its mandate. For more than 45 years, senior Air Force leaders, both military and civilian, have struggled to convince decision-makers in the White House and in Congress that modern manned bomber forces were needed, acceptable, and affordable. In this study, Donnini produces one of the most exhaustive analyses ever undertaken of Congressional subcommittee decision-making in the funding of defense procurement initiatives. He concludes that no program achieved measurable success of deployment with the original force structure requested; and only two, the B-1B and B-2A, received approval to acquire lesser numbers of aircraft for operational use. Donnini found that an important part of each new bomber program appeared to be funding support through federal appropriations. If the right amounts were appropriated, the programs survived; if lesser amounts were given, chances for program failure were good; however, was funding support the deciding factor? This book used multiple case studies and the unorthodox methodology of applied content analysis of Congressional budget hearings to examine Air Force efforts to fund the most recent main bombers it sought (the B-70, B-1A, B-1B, and B-2A) and to determine measurements of success. The author's findings have implications concerning the way the United States handles procurement initiatives for major new weapon systems considered fundamental necessities for national defense.  Information

Beyond the Wild Blue: A History of the U.S. Air Force, 1947-2007 (Hardcover), by Walter J. Boyne. The second edition of Beyond the Wild Blue, an update of the popular history originally released in 1997, is a fascinating look at sixty turbulent years of Air Force history. From the prop-driven armada of World War II to the most advanced Stealth weaponry, from pioneers like General Henry "Hap" Arnold to glorious conquests in the Gulf War, Beyond the Wild Blue is a high-flying study of the triumphs (and failures) of leadership and technology.
In three new chapters, Walter Boyne covers an eventful ten years, including 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the second Gulf War, describing in detail the technological advancements that led to highly efficient airstrikes in Iraq.   He also takes stock of the Air Force's doctrine and mission statements as this unique sector of the military grapples with an ever-changing world.  Information

Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) (Paperback), by Robert Pape. From Iraq to Bosnia to North Korea, the first question in American foreign policy debates is increasingly: Can air power alone do the job? Robert A. Pape provides a systematic answer. Analyzing the results of over thirty air campaigns, including a detailed reconstruction of the Gulf War, he argues that the key to success is attacking the enemy's military strategy, not its economy, people, or leaders. Coercive air power can succeed, but not as cheaply as air enthusiasts would like to believe.  Information

Building a Strategic Air Force (Paperback), by Walton S Moody. This authoritative official history deals with the early years of the Air Force's effort to build and maintain a strategic striking force, from 1945 through 1953. It discusses the period of reorganization in national defense in the years after the end of the Second World War, as the Army Air Forces dealt with questions of structure, doctrine, strategy, atomic weapons, and technology.  Information

Jane's Aircraft Upgrades, 2005-06 (Jane's Aircraft Upgrades) (Hardcover), by Jamie Hunter.
Each separate entry includes information on the programme history, including all versions still in service and a full equipment reference. You will find details of all significant upgrade activity by version of aircraft still in production and aircraft out of production, including company details, ensuring you have the best information for your decision making. Information

Modern Bombers (Us Air Power) (Paperback), by Anil Pustam. The US Air Power series is the definitive illustrated guide to recent American dominance in the skies. Covering the planes and crews of the USAF as well as Naval, Marine and Army air wings, these books cover a period from World War II through to the present day in which American pilots have prevailed in all combat situations and have laid the foundations for the swift and decisive victories achieved during that time. The seventy-two pages include well over a hundred photographs, sixteen pages of which are in color, and every photo has a detailed caption outlining combat histories and technical specifications. The series will cover all the major conflicts in which the US has been involved recently, including both Gulf Wars, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Modern Bombers features the B-2A, B-1B and B-52, as well as the air-to-surface weaponry that they deploy, such as JDAM and JAASM. Information

Rethinking How the Air Force Views Sustainment Surge (Paperback), by Cynthia R. Cook, John A. Ausink and Charles Robert, Jr. Roll. RAND Corporation (November 30, 2005).  Information

Spacecast 2020: Surveillance & Reconnaissancethe Us Air Force's Future in Space (Paperback), by Michael P. C. Carns. Diane Books Publishing Company (August 1995). Information

The Political Use Of Military Force In US Foreign Policy (Hardcover), by James David Meernik. From the Quasi War with France and the opening of Japan, to the numerous interventions of the 1990s, these events have been situated at the heart of US foreign policy. There are four different explanations as to why the US, throughout its history, has used military force just short of war. Some scholars have suggested that nations use military force on behalf of security objectives. Others have maintained that economic self-interest has motivated many military interventions. Recently many researchers have explored the extent to which the US has used force to promote democracy and human rights, and still more scholars have argued that presidents use limited force for domestic political purposes. Assessing the utility of each of these explanations throughout US history, Meernik employs both historical narrative and statistical techniques to provide a comprehensive account of these important foreign policy events. This engaging, highly informative volume is particularly suited to scholars and students in the fields of international relations, foreign policy, military affairs and history. Information

The Transformation of American Air Power (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs) (Hardcover), by Benjamin S. Lambeth. Cornell University Press (October 2000). Information

Toward Fusion of Air and Space: Surveying Developments and Assessing Choices for Small and Middle Powers (Paperback), by Dana Johnson. These proceedings address benefits and risks of international air and space activities, including how they affect global and national security and interoperability among coalition partners with differing technological capabilities. Information

U.S. Air Force Aircrew Survival (Perfect Paperback), by Department of the Air Force. Pentagon Publishing; AF 64-5 1985 edition (April 1, 2007)
This manual is designed to aid your survival and rescue efforts regardless of geographic location or climatic condition. It describes, in outline form, the basic survival skills. It will assist you in recognizing and using natural resources at hand. This information plus your will to survive are necessary to ensure your survival. Information

US Air Force or the Future Handbook (World Strategic and Business Information Library) (Paperback), by USA Int'l Business Publications. Intl Business Pubns USA; 1 edition (May 2007). Information

Why Air Forces Fail: The Anatomy of Defeat (Hardcover), by Robin D. S. Higham and Stephen John Harris (Editors). The failures of armies, navies, and even entire nations have been well documented by historians. Air forces, however, have received little attention. Why Air Forces Fail examines several air forces that have suffered defeat and explains the complex, often deep-seated foundations for these catastrophes. The contributors to Why Air Forces Fail consider cases of Russian, Polish, French, British, Italian, German, Argentine, and U.S. air force defeats, looking beyond purely military factors to explore the cultural, political, and technical causes of failure. The book includes both overviews and analytical narratives that examine more than the aerial battlefield, and each case concludes with reading lists and suggestions for further research. Why Air Forces Fail is a much-needed and long-overdue addition to military and aeronautical history. Information


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