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Aerospace Doctrine Matures Through a Storm : An Analysis of the New AFM 1-1

By Lieutenant Colonel Kurt A. Cichowski, USAF

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Title: Aerospace Doctrine Matures Through a Storm : An Analysis of the New AFM 1-1  
Author: Lieutenant Colonel Kurt A. Cichowski, USAF
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Aerospace
Collection: Authors Community
Subcollection: Technology
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Publisher: Air University Press
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In March 1992, the Air Force published a new Air Force Manual 1-1, Basic Aerospace Doctrine of the United States Air Force. This document is not merely an update of previous editions. Instead, it is a statement of propositions concerning the use of aerospace power set within the context of war, and based on explicit analysis of historical and contemporary experience. Its intent is to provide guidance for the exercise of professional judgement by all aerospace leaders. This thesis is intended to provide a framework for examining this new doctrine. It traces the heritage of aerospace power and examines the history and theory behind Air Force doctrine. It then evaluates how well this new manual explains aerospace power’s role in Desert Storm and assesses the implications of the doctrine necessary for the future joint use of aerospace forces. The research question asks how well this new AFM 1-1 provides the basic guidelines needed for using aerospace power in a theater-level conventional war such as Desert Storm. Unclassified material relating to the history of aerospace doctrine, aerospace performance in Desert Storm, and other service doctrine regarding aerospace power’s use, are investigated. The conclusion is that the March 1992 version of AFM 1-1 provides a sound doctrinal basis for such conventional theater conflicts. This new summary of basic aerospace doctrine is also broad enough to assist in the development of joint aerospace doctrine as well.

Table of Contents
I. DOCTRINAL BEGINNINGS Introduction 1 Doctrine Defined 2 Sources of Doctrine 3 Previous Doctrines 4 II. ANALYSIS OF THE NEW AFM 1-1 Introduction 19 Chapter 1. "War and the American Mind" 20 Chapter 2. “The Nature of Aerospace Power" 21 Chapter 3. "Employing Aerospace Forces" 23 Chapter 4. "Preparing the Air Force for War" 25 Evaluation of AFM 1-1 as Doctrine 26 AFM 1-1 and Desert Storm 29 III. FUTURE IMPLICATIONS National Security Policy 34 Nationa1 Mi1itary Strategy 35 Need For Joint Doctrine 38 Naval Doctrine 40 Marine Doctrine 42 Army Doctrine 44 Air Force Doctrine 45 Resolution 46 IV. CONCLUSION . 48


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