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The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam by [Brian D. Laslie]
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"A very useful and interesting study of the story of how the USAF revamped its training after the Vietnam War and created a program that brought a high level of success in several conflicts. The book should have a wide appeal among those interested in airpower, military affairs, and security policy."―James S. Corum, author of Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgents and Terrorists

"In The Air Force Way of War, Brian Laslie has offered us an exhaustively researched look into America's laboratory of airpower. Laslie chronicles how the Air Force worked its way from the catastrophe of Vietnam through the triumph of the Gulf War, and beyond."―Robert M. Farley, author of Grounded

"Laslie creates an important work that fills a void in the popular historical narrative [. . .] [A]n essential read for anyone who has ever experienced (or wanted to experience) the thrill of being a part of the world's largest aerial exercise of 100+ aircraft battling over the Nevada desert, known as Red Flag.

Laslie's book is a refreshing look at the people and operational practices whose import far exceeds technological advances. [Laslie] skillfully illuminates the human depth and endeavors of a service that. . .works diligently and intelligently to integrate new technology with the humans who operate it."―The Strategy Bridge

"Laslie convincingly shows that inadequate training was the primary cause of combat losses in Vietnam. He points out that studies revealed that over the first ten "actual combat missions" over North Vietnam took the greatest toll on pilots. Consequently, the Air Force revised pilot training to make it as realistic as the first ten actual combat missions.

Laslie best captures the mood of the time in his account of planning for Desert Shield. Personality clashes created scenes of drama equal to the most intense you can find on a good TV miniseries."―VVA Veteran

"Laslie tackles a period of Air Force history that has been skillfully examined by several air power experts. Yet the author is able to explore new ground, and truly provide the reader with a signifcant analysis of the importance of these revolutionary training events, in particular the Red Flag exercise.

The Air Force Way of War should be considered required reading for air power historians and analysts, combat veterans and active duty Air Force operators. Laslie's enthralling text makes it clear why Red Flag is still thriving as it approaches its 40th birthday."―The Bridge

"Most significantly, the book finally consolidates parts of a story told in a variety of sources into an easily accessible, readable, and digestible volume that will well serve both airpower historians and future practitioners for years to come."―H-War, H-Net Reviews

"More than a history for aircrew, this selection examines how innovative thinkers of the time, including then Major John Jumper, Moody Suter, and John Warden, advanced ideas and concepts despite the obstacles arrayed against them."―Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List 2016

"Historian Brian Laslie has thoroughly analyzed recent air operations and produced a thought-provoking treatise on the importance of a post-Vietnam training renaissance

leading to US success after Vietnam."―Military Review

"It is well written and documented and is readily accessible to both airpower historians and to those with an interest in the development of airpower doctrine. It is no surprise that the book was selected for the Air Force Chief of Staff's 2015 professional reading list.

The Air Force Way of War is a generally solid, well-written book, especially in its

coverage of the Air Force's post-Vietnam transformation through the Gulf War."―US Military History Review

"By placing pilots themselves and their training at the heart of his work, Brian Laslie has produced

an exemplary corrective to the typical airplane-centered view of Air Force history."―Michigan War Studies Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Brian D. Laslie is deputy command historian at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) as well as an Adjunct Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00VMZSSYC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The University Press of Kentucky; Illustrated edition (June 23, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 23, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2133 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 297 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Brian Laslie is an Air Force Historian and currently the Command Historian at the United States Air Force Academy. A 2001 graduate of The Citadel and a historian of air and space power studies, Dr. Laslie received his Masters' from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his Doctorate from Kansas State University in 2013. He lives in Colorado Springs.

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