Blown Slick Series #8 (Part 1)
Airpower characteristics itemizes strictly enduring physical features:
speed, reach, height, and as a consequence ubiquity, agility, and concentration.
A relatively high technological focus by air forces is inevitable, necessary, and indeed desirable. But the balance is wrong if that focus translates in practice into an air force that bears some resemblance to a costly and exclusive combination flying club and science and engineering society at the expense of what should be the dominant features of a fighting force…
To fly well is one thing; to fly well in combat, at least in aid of combat, is something else that requires focus on the dueling aspect of all warfare. The history of air warfare reveals that the best pilots have not always been the most effective fighting ones. Flying skills and killing skills are not synonymous, valuable though the former is for the latter. Colin Gray
What follows is a quick overview of airpower in light of current and future application. The discussion is not focused on airpower theory, nor is it anywhere close to being comprehensive. It is intended to be viewed in context of previous articles as one mosaic piece. Continue reading