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Air power against terror : America's conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom /
Benjamin S. Lambeth.
imprint
Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2005.
description
xliii, 411 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0833037242 (pbk.)
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imprint
Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2005.
isbn
0833037242 (pbk.)
general note
"MG-166."--P. [4] of cover.
catalogue key
5888784
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-411).
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Summaries
Main Description
This report describes and assesses the planning and execution of operation Enduring Freedomm against al Quada and the Taliban in Afghnistan after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
Unpaid Annotation
This book assesses the planning and initial execution of Operation Enduring Freedom, the first response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 levied by the United States against al Qaeda’s center of gravity in Afghanistan and against the Taliban theocracy that provided it safe haven. Since that campaign was largely an air war enabled by U.S. and allied special forces and indigenous Afghan opposition groups, the report focuses predominantly on the air portion of the joint and combined operations that were conducted in Afghanistan from October 7, 2001 through March 2002 by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Its intent is to derive insights of a strategic and operational nature that not only will be of practical use to U.S. defense planners in and of themselves, but also will offer a backdrop against which to assess the more complex and demanding Operation Iraqi Freedom that took place a year later to bring down the regime of Saddam Hussein. Although unbeknown to its participants at the time, Operation Enduring Freedom proved in many ways to have been a dress rehearsal for the even more eventful campaign that soon followed.
Long Description
Distinguished author Ben Lambeth details the initial U.S. military response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, namely, the destruction of al Qaeda's terrorist infrastructure and the removal of the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Lambeth emphasizes several distinctive achievements in this war, including the use of precision air-delivered weapons, the first combat use of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles armed with Hellfire missiles, and the integrated employment of high-altitude drones and other air- and space-based sensors. AUTHORBIO: (Ph.D., Political Science, Harvard University) is a senior RAND analyst specializing in air power and international security who has flown in more than 40 different combat aircraft types with eight air forces worldwide over the past two decades. He is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power (Cornell University Press, 2000), winner of the Air Force Association's Gill Robb Wilson award in arts and letters for 2001. He is also the author of numerous other volumes, including Russia's Air Power in Crisis (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999) and NATO's Air War for Kosovo: A Strategic and Operational Assessment (RAND, 2001).
Unpaid Annotation
This volume reviews the planning and initial execution of Operation Enduring Freedom, the first response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 levied by the United States against al Qaeda's center of gravity in Afghanistan and against the Taliban theocracy that provided it safe haven. Since that campaign was largely an air war enabled by U.S. and allied special forces and indigenous Afghan opposition groups, the author focuses mainly on the air portion of the joint and combined operations that were conducted in Afghanistan from October 7, 2001 through March 2002 by U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM). Unbeknown to its participants at the time, Operation Enduring Freedom proved in many ways to have been a dress rehearsal for the even more eventful campaign that soon followed.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
A nation girds for warp. 13
The United States strikes backp. 73
A shift in strategyp. 135
Operation Anacondap. 163
Distinctive aspects and achievementsp. 247
Problems in executionp. 293
Conclusionsp. 337
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