Airpower in International Security

  • Tony Mason


The use of force, either by latent presence, threat or application remains an instrument available to governments either in securing their own defence or in projecting influence beyond their frontiers. It is frequently difficult to distinguish between the two: one country’s security is another’s threat, whether it be in Central America perceived from Washington or in Central Europe perceived from Moscow. The projection of force may be indirect and insidious, for example by the support of terrorist organisations and insurgency, or it may assume the more traditional shape of nationally organised and equipped navies and air forces. The latter is the context of this chapter.


Nuclear Weapon Modern World International Security Ground Force Strategic Bombardment 
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    Quoted in A. F. Hurley, Billy Mitchell, Crusader For Airpower (Indiana University Press, 1975), p. 142.Google Scholar
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    Captain J. C. Burke, ‘Aeroplanes of Today and their Use in War’. Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, May 1911.Google Scholar
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    Lieutenant-General P. Bazanov, ‘Air Supremacy’, Soviet Military Review, Vol. 9 (1980) pp. 42–4.Google Scholar
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    For a comprehensive analysis of airpower in this and other Arab-Israeli conflicts see Mason and Armitage, Airpower in the Nuclear Age, (London: Macmillan, 1986), Chapter 5.Google Scholar

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