Violating Reality: The Lavelle Affair, Nixon, and Parsing the Truth

In September 1972, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) reviewed the case of Air Force General John D. Lavelle and determined that General Lavelle had conducted unauthorized bombing missions over North Vietnam and ordered the falsification of post-mission reports. As a result, the SASC demoted him to major general in retirement.  In August 2010, after…

What Kind of Airpower Does a Country like France Need?

This is the second part of a two-part article on French airpower in current contingencies. For a country like France, the strategic context in the short- to mid-term will probably be the continuation of the current era of protracted interventions, necessary but unfortunately non-decisive, in Africa (as leading nation) and the Middle East (as part…

Same Wars, Different Fights: The Army and Air Force Visions

This article was originally posted on The Strategy Bridge.  We are sharing it here due to its outstanding contribution to  airpower dialogue. The Army of 2025 and Beyond will effectively employ lethal and non-lethal overmatch against any adversary to prevent, shape, and win conflicts and achieve national interests. It will leverage cross-cultural and regional experts…

Airpower’s Dirty Words

No, this isn’t a call for the resurrection of “cranium” and “container” (if they ever really went away). Nor is it a discourse of the pregame compliments shouted at opposing teams by fans of the Eagles or Raiders.  This is a Leading Edge series where we collectively examine those words we airpower advocates employ that…