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By Lt. Col., USAF, Robert P. Givens, Air University Press

The position of airpower in theater campaigns is an issue of heated debate between army providers and their supporters. Lt. Col. Robert P. Given’s “Turning the Vertical Flank: Airpower As a Maneuver strength within the Theater crusade” addresses a question that's basic to the talk: to what volume can airpower functionality as a maneuver strength in a theater crusade. the USA Air strength contends that airpower is a maneuver strength and often turns to the 1991 Persian Gulf conflict for facts in help in their place. these serious of the Air Force’s view argue that Operation wasteland hurricane was once an aberration and cost that arguments in accordance with that basically distinct occasion are suspect. looking to parry the cost of exceptionalism, Givens intentionally units out to supply a extra largely grounded research that transcends the actual event of Operation wilderness hurricane. Colonel Givens starts off with a basic exam of war from old Greece to the yank Civil conflict which will be certain the fundamental capabilities of a maneuver strength. He then examines 3 noticeably diverse air operations in opposite chronological order: airpower employment within the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict, using airpower along with South Vietnamese flooring forces to frustrate the Communist Easter offensive of 1972, and operations opposed to the Wehrmacht in the course of the 1944 Normandy crusade. The proof in all 3 instances means that airpower can functionality as a maneuver strength. the belief is – if able to serving as a maneuver strength, airpower can enormously improve the joint theater crusade either independently and in cooperation with different maneuver forces.

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21. Shazly, 29. 22. Palit, 31. 23. For a complete discussion of the debate see Gamasy, 128–39; Shazly, 17–39; and Palit, 38–49. 24. Shazly, 251. 25. , 246. 26. Maj Johnnie H. : Air Command and Staff College, April 1976), 19. 27. Gamasy, 215. 28. Gawrych, 7. 29. Gamasy, 114. 30. Brant, 41. 31. Herzog, 255. 32. Gawrych, 18. 33. , 26. 34. Lt Col C. A. : Air Force Historical Research Agency, 1974), file no. 505-5 73/10/2973/12/11, vol. 2, 2–3. 35. Herzog, 260. 36. Adan, 41. 37. , 235. 38. Gamasy, 288.

While they barely made a dent against the SAMs, their effort succeeded in some respects. The Egyptians were concerned about losing their air defenses. As an answer to this concern, they decided to hold their air force in reserve to be used if the SAMs were lost. 36 The deteriorating ground situation after 7 October made the Israelis forgo a concentrated suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) campaign against the Egyptians. The IAF loss rate grew as it was forced to attack ground targets in the face of Egyptian defenses.

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