A League of Airmen: U.S. Air Power in the Gulf War (Project by James A. Winnefeld, Dana J. Johnson, Preston Niblack

By James A. Winnefeld, Dana J. Johnson, Preston Niblack

A complete account of the contributions and barriers of air energy within the Persian Gulf battle. positive aspects 32 pages of newly published pictures.

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We estimate that 75 percent of the uniformed personnel in theater got there as passengers on a lift aircraft. For a service-by-service breakdown of personnel in the Gulf, see Coyne (1992a), p. 37. BAttributed to General H. T. ll The level of effort varied significantly over cent by KC- I0s of the Strategic Air Command,9 and the remainder by civil air­ craft (both CRAF and volunteers). l o Table 3 . 1 summarizes the missions flown these, 77 percent were flown by organic MAC airlifters (C-5s and C - 1 4 1 s) , 3 per­ tary Airlift Command (MAC) controlled just under 1 5,000 airlift missions.

S. attention as never before on the Gulf region. S. S. military ca­ pabilities in the region. The United States expanded the base at Diego Garcia, procured maritime prepositioning ships (to be based at Diego Garcia and at Guam) and Marine equipment, sold a great deal of equipment and munitions to regional states, and developed a series of base-access agreements. S. interests. S. S. military power. The con­ trast with Korea and Vietnam could not have been more stark. The air weapon available to the United States had been improved, tested, and made ready.

35 34 GWAPS RAND's Project AIR FORCE conducted a similar parallel analysis during the summer of 1990 that further sensitized Air Force leadership to the relevant requirements and capabilities associated with the defense of the Gulf. 33 duction and pricing policies. The next day, Saddam Hussein threatened the use of force to resolve these grievances. S. 36 different observers in different ways. the indications available painted an ambiguous picture that was interpreted by quent events. But the course of those events was uncertain before the fact, and The massing of Iraqi forces near the Kuwait border in July foreshadowed subse­ will return to this subject in the next chapter when we examine the force de­ ployment.

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