Forsvarsstudier no. 5/2002
Title: Air Power 2000. Review Essays on Contemporary Air Power Thought
Author: John Andreas Olsen
Air power has since 1990 increasingly become the instrument of choice for American and European policymakers in dealing with recalcitrant regimes. It was the principal means of military force in Desert Storm, Deliberate Force, Desert Fox and Allied Force. Russia used air power extensively against Chechnya and no-fly zones have been implemented against Bosnia and Iraq throughout the 1990s. Political leaders and military commanders seem to find air power an unusually tempting instrument of force, believing air power to be a central component to complex international problems. Despite air power’s augmented role in crisis management, its employment and implications are not widely understood even among professional military officers. This volume is a collection of review essays that examine five recently published books on the topic of air power, identifying limitations to air power as well as strengths.
Major John Andreas Olsen has a PhD in strategic studies from De Montfort University (2000) and an MA degree in contemporary British politics and literature from University of Warwick (1995). He is the author of the forthcoming book, “Strategic Air Power in Desert Storm”, and is currently doing research on the American and Iraqi strategies in the Gulf War of 1991. He started his military career as a radar specialist and is currently teaching air power theory and air power strategy at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy in Trondheim.