RUSI JournalVolume 163Issue 3members only

Understanding Modern Airpower


Airpower professionals need a comprehensive understanding of airpower – from the technology to its relationship with the contemporary political, social and economic context.

Despite its significance in international relations and statecraft, the phenomenon of airpower remains controversial and little understood beyond its tactical and technological manifestations. This article examines 24 themes that scholars and practitioners must study to attain an in-depth, broad-ranging and contextual understanding of airpower. While all the themes are important, in combination they offer a comprehensive insight into airpower as a political instrument of war

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