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The Time Value of Military Force in Modern Warfare : The Airpower Advantage

By Major Walter D. Givhan, USAF

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Title: The Time Value of Military Force in Modern Warfare : The Airpower Advantage  
Author: Major Walter D. Givhan, USAF
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collections: Technology, Military Science, Science Fiction Collection, Authors Community, Business Strategy, Naval Science, Psychology, Bibliography, Political Sociology, Literature, History, Political Science
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Publisher: Air University Press
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This study seeks to answer the question, “How can airpower help resolve time-induced tensions between political and military imperatives in the conduct of modern warfare?” To answer this question, the study begins by exploring time in the theory of war with an emphasis on time as a fourth dimension that provides a distinct perspective on warfare. With concepts gleaned from theory, this study analyzes the Arab-Israeli War of 1967, the Falklands War, and the Gulf War to determine the role airpower played in overcoming time conflicts and achieving political-military congruence. The study concludes that a time-based strategy, defined as one in which time is a paramount or extremely significant consideration, was the mechanism through which airpower worked to resolve time-induced tensions between political and military imperatives.

Table of Contents
1 INTRODUCTION . . . . 1 Overview . . . 1 Methodology . . . . . 2 Definitions . . . . . . 2 Limits of the Argument . . . 3 Notes . . . . . 3 2 TIME IN THE THEORY OF WAR . . . 5 War Theorists on Time . . . . 6 Characteristics of Time in War . . . 7 Physical and Psychological Aspects of Time . . . . . 8 Political and Military Dynamics of Time . . . . . . 9 Summary . . . 10 Notes . . . . . 11 3 THE ARAB-ISRAELI WAR OF 1967 . . . . . . 13 The Course of the War . . . . 13 Political Imperatives . . . . . 14 Military Imperatives . . . . . 15 The Time Problem . . . . . . 15 Operational Consequences and Risk . . . . . 16 Airpower’s Role . . . . 17 Summary . . . 19 Notes . . . . . 20 4 THE FALKLANDS WAR . . . . 21 The Course of the War . . . . 21 Political Imperatives . . . . . 22 Military Imperatives . . . . . 24 The Time Problem . . . . . . 25 Operational Consequences and Risk . . . . . 25 The Role of Airpower . . . . . 27 Summary . . . 29 Notes . . . . . 29 5 THE GULF WAR . . . . 31 The Course of the War . . . . 31 Political Imperatives . . . . . 32 Military Imperatives . . . . . 34 The Time Problem . . . . . . 35 Operational Consequences and Risk . . . . . 35 The Role of Airpower . . . . . 36 Summary . . . 38 Notes . . . . . 38 6 THE MECHANISM . . . 41 Identifying the Mechanism . . . . . . 41 Defining a Time-based Strategy . . . 43 Summary . . . 44 Notes . . . . . 45 7 IMPLICATIONS . . . . 47 Implications for Airpower Theory . . . . . . 47 Implications for Airpower Strategy . . . . . 48 Summary . . . 50 Notes . . . . . 50 BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . 51


 

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