This professional study provides an in-depth review of Operation Inherent Resolve that ran from August 2014 to early 2019. The author is presenting that first review of the subject that is available to general readers and it is a fascinating, insightful work that reads easily. – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: Air power in the War Against ISIS FILE: R3320 AUTHOR: Benjamin S Lambeth PUBLISHER: US Naval Institute Books BINDING: hard back PRICE: US$55.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Dissimilar warfare, air power, close support, strategic bombing, tactical bombing, modern combat aircraft, low observables, drones, stand-off weapons, depleted uranium shells, survivability, ant-aircraft artillery, anti-aircraft missiles, civilian population, human shields, tactical direction, laser target illumination, SigInt, Elint ISBN: 978-1-68247557-7 PAGES: 305, 16 page B&W photo-plate section and a regional map IMAGE: B3320.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxcfm5wd LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This professional study provides an in-depth review of Operation Inherent Resolve that ran from August 2014 to early 2019. The author is presenting that first review of the subject that is available to general readers and it is a fascinating, insightful work that reads easily. – Very Highly Recommended
The author is a non-resident senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments who after serving previously with the CIA followed with a 37 year career at the RAND Corporation. A civil rated pilot. He has flown over forty types of military combat aircraft and was the first US citizen to fly the Soviet MiG-29 fighter.
This is an insightful study based on thorough research and extensive personal experience of modern combat aircraft. It is written for the benefit of professionals and serious enthusiasts, but it covers very important ground of interest to a much wider audience and reads comfortably without requiring an extensive knowledge of related subjects.
The author pulls no punches and the history of the use of air power against ISIS is a story of failures and successes. Overall, the air staff turned around a situation that suffered more from political reserve than military implementation.
In the early stages of the conflict, politicians were looking for a fast return on investment and a stream of beneficial photo opportunities. It is now clear that the spreading revolt against Middle East dictators lacked the depth necessary to meet the hopes of, in particular, the leaders of the US and Great Britain. There was a marked lack of resolve politically and military commanders were denied the level of support due to them. Once there was Operation Inherent Resolve, the air war began to take on momentum and shift the military balance away from ISIS. By the end of the Operation, the air commanders had completely changed the situation on the ground even in the face of continuing poor political decisions.
US and British politicians failed to understand that the vacuum they were forcing would open an opportunity that Russia would be able to step into. There is still much to learn as lessons of a war but this book is a great start.