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What Is War?
by G. Lowell Tollefson - Smashwords , 2015
Based on G. Lowell Tollefson's experiences as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam and his philosophical reflections since then, this book has implications for America's current and future conflicts. It asks us to look honestly at the hard questions about war...
Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency
by Shannon W. Caudill - Air University Press , 2014
This anthology discusses the converging operational issues of air base defense and counterinsurgency. It explores the diverse challenges associated with defending air assets and joint personnel in a counterinsurgency environment.
The Ethics of Armed Conflict: A Cosmopolitan Just War Theory
by John W. Lango - Edinburgh University Press , 2014
Just war theory exists to stop armies and countries from using armed force without good cause. But how can we judge whether a war is just? In this original book, John W. Lango takes some distinctive approaches to the ethics of armed conflict.
Overview of the United States Marine Corps
- Wikipedia , 2014
The United States Marine Corps is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for providing power projection from the sea, using the mobility of the U.S. Navy to deliver combined-arms task forces for air, land and sea-based operations.
The Future of the U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Force
by Lauren Caston, et al. - RAND Corporation , 2014
The authors assess alternatives for a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile across a broad set of potential situations. They use the current Minuteman III as a baseline to develop a framework to characterize alternative classes of ICBMs.
Battle of the Bismarck Sea
by Gregory P Gilbert - Royal Australian Air Force , 2013
The book details and analyses the planning and preparation of both Allied and Japanese forces leading up to the battle, description of the battle itself and discussion of the aftermath, including stunning photographs taken during the fighting.
Inside the Cold War: A Cold Warrior's Reflections
by Chris Adams - Air University Press , 1999
This book reflects a compilation of excerpts from an unpublished broader treatment that recounts the five decades of delicate coexistence between two nations known as the 'superpowers' during the international conflict known as the 'Cold War.'
Joint Training for Night Air Warfare
by Brian W. McLean - Air University Press , 2012
The author's contention is that training for night air operations, particularly with our sister services, is in its infancy. Using his personal experience he sets out to recommend better uses of the training facilities to improve the situation.
Battles that Changed the History
- Archive.org , 2012
Some battles were turning points, not only in war, but in history itself, and we still talk about them today. You may have heard of marathons, Gettysburg, or someone who has met his or her Waterloo. The battles below changed the course of history.
The Quest for Relevant Air Power
by Christian F. Anrig - AU Press , 2011
Christian Anrig examines the responses of France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden to the challenges of air power in the last two decades. It is an indispensable contribution to international awareness of twenty-first-century air power.
From the Mind to the Feet
by Lawrence A. Kuznar, Allison Astorino-Courtois, Sarah Canna - Air University Press , 2011
The essays in this volume examine the concept of intent in defense, security, and foreign-policy contexts. They provide operational and academic perspectives on measuring the intent of adversaries, including nation-states and nonstate actors.
A Time to Kill: Reflections on War
by Denny Roy, Grant P. Skabelund, Ray C. Hillam - Signature Books , 1990
This is a book of memories about war. Although it describes both good and bad, overall it portrays war as an arena of horror and tragedy. Although all such conflicts involve peculiar sets of circumstances, their worst aspects remain constant.
Elements of Military Art and Science
by Henry Wager Halleck - D. Appleton & co , 1862
This is a work on Military tactics from an American Civil War General renowned for his cautiousness and belief in thorough preparations and defensiveness over quick, aggressive action. Adapted to the use of volunteers and militia.
Beyond Horizons: A Half Century of Air Force Space Leadership
by David N. Spires - AU Press , 1998
This book tells the story of the origins and development of the United States Air Force's space program from its earliest beginnings in the post Second World War period to its emergence as a critical operational presence in the Persian Gulf War.
The Art of War in the Middle Ages, A.D. 378-1515
by C. W. C. Oman - Oxford , 1885
Oman provides an excellent, well-researched look at the arms, tactics, and strategies of various medieval armies. He covers the rise of the era of heavy cavalry, and describes how it was replaced by the English longbow and the Swiss pikeman.
Armour and Weapons
by Charles John Ffoulkes - Clarendon Press , 1909
A clear presentation of the history of personal military protection for people and horses from chain mail to highly ornamental costumes. The book is designed to serve as a means of studying the history of armor and its associated weapons.
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu - Project Gutenberg , 2005
Chinese military treatise that was written by Sun Tzu in the 6th century BC. Composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare, it is the definitive work on military strategies and tactics of its time, and still a basic text.
Fighting Instructions, 1530-1816
by Julian S. Corbett - Navy Records Society , 1905
The discovery of a number of seventeenth century Fighting Instructions seemed to encourage an attempt to make a complete collection. It is hoped that the collection may be of some assistance for a fresh study of the the development of naval tactics.
The Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant
by J. F. C. Fuller - Dodd, Mead and Company , 1929
The reader leaves this book with a sense of knowing and understanding Grant, and believing that Grant's personality was the critical factor in the Union's 1864-1865 Virginia compaigns. This text is an essential Civil War reading.
Decisive Battles of the World
by Edward Shepherd Creasy - The Colonial press , 1899
Fifteen decisive battles of the world from Marathon to Waterloo. A famous book which is not merely lodged in libraries, but is read and re-read. The stories the writer tells are as interesting in narrative as human struggle is itself interesting.