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Restraining Air Power

Escalation Management between Peer Air Forces

Is it possible for two combatants who possess equally strong air forces to conduct limited warfare by restraining air operations? In Restraining Air Power, Robert C. Owen asks this question and allows contributing authors to provide theoretical and empirical assessments of restrained air warfare through five historical case studies since 1945. Through an objective analysis of the past, this collection evaluates the principles of escalation and escalation management in conventional warfare scenarios to better understand when, why, and how peer opponents in past conflicts have expanded or restrained air operations.

The surge in cyber warfare, the development of artificially intelligent weaponry, and the founding of the US Space Force in 2019 means that analysts and military planners must be prepared to think about escalation management and peer conflict in increasingly complicated and challenging ways. This comprehensive study provides readers with refined theoretical visions of the possibilities and challenges of managing escalation as a powerful mode of warfare between opponents who believe they must choose between sacrificing their own national interests or risking escalated destruction of their economies, military forces, and governing authority. The analysis within the pages of this volume is an attempt to update our understanding of air warfare within a world of unprecedented military complexity and, as such, will hold immense value for specialists in advanced military studies as well as those studying international relations and history.

About the Author

Robert C. Owen is professor of aeronautical science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and previous Dean of the US Air Force's School of Advanced Airpower Studies. Prior to teaching, he spent 28 years in the US Air Force and is an Air Force Command Pilot. He is the author of Air Mobility: A Brief History of the American Experience.

Reviews

"Restraining Air Power is a valuable and timely book. Three decades of fighting weak enemies has allowed US and allied strategists to choose when and how to place limits on their air campaigns, setting restraints based on law, morality, and political expediency. Now the Western powers are turning their attention to potential conflicts in which managing escalation among powerful adversaries must be central to strategymaking because the alternative could be catastrophic. The case studies in this volume are both salient and fascinating as their authors explore how imperatives to limit escalation have shaped the use of modern airpower, and what contemporary strategists can learn from the successes and failures of the past."—Karl P. Mueller, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

"In an age of escalatory rhetoric among potential state adversaries, this excellent book could not be more opportune. Because of its enormous destructive potential, air power needs to be applied in a precise and proportionate manner, according to well-defined appropriate strategies. Air power applied without strategy leads to the seduction of tactical success and the risk of escalation. Restraining Air Power utilises a cross-section of theoretical and historical case studies in order to examine how escalation was managed, and, in each case, at least one of the sides in the conflict was a nuclear-equipped power. The collection explores the dangers of accidental, inadvertent and deliberate escalation, and the penalties of placing all deterrent eggs in the nuclear basket. This work is a plea for balanced force structures and sound strategy making."—Dr. Christina Goulter, co-director of Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War at King's College London

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