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What Will Douhet Think of Next? : An Analysis of the Impact of Stealth Technology on the Evolution of Strategic Bombing Doctrine

By Lieutenant Colonel Silvanus T. Gilbert, III, USAF

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Title: What Will Douhet Think of Next? : An Analysis of the Impact of Stealth Technology on the Evolution of Strategic Bombing Doctrine  
Author: Lieutenant Colonel Silvanus T. Gilbert, III, USAF
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Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, Military Science, Airpower
Collections: Technology, Science Fiction Collection, Authors Community, Business Strategy, Military Science, Chemistry, Naval Science, Literature, History
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Publisher: Air University Press
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Silvanus T. Gilbert, Iii, Usa, L. C. (n.d.). What Will Douhet Think of Next? : An Analysis of the Impact of Stealth Technology on the Evolution of Strategic Bombing Doctrine. Retrieved from http://self.gutenberg.org/


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This paper analyzes the evolution of strategic bombing doctrine in order to identify the basic doctrinal tenets and then evaluate their compatibility with emerging stealth technologies. Current doctrine is an evolution of existing doctrine, theory, and experience. Therefore, to comprehend fully the meaning of doctrine, it is necessary to trace its lineage. As airpower arrived only recently in the doctrinal arena, no previous doctrine existed. Therefore, this analysis begins with the early airpower theories which provided the roots of evolution. Giulio Douhet is the most famous of the early theorists and his work provided a basis upon which to build. Following World War II (WWII), Bernard Brodie modified Douhet’s theory to incorporate atomic weapons and the experience to date. As theory evolved, so did early Air Corps "unsanctioned" doctrine. By testing each tenet against the demands of emerging stealth technologies, the paper finds that existing doctrine is basically sound, but incomplete. Therefore, the paper proposes and tests additional tenets to accommodate stealth and the increasing rate of technical advancement.


 

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