Aerospace Power in the Twenty-First Century: A Basic Primer by Clayton K. S. Chun

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These forces made a potential enemy think twice before launching a preemptive nuclear or conventional strike against the United States. The 23 AEROSPACE POWER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY America’s nuclear deterrent power rests partly on the Minuteman III ICBM. speed, range, and flexibility of aerospace forces also give them a decided advantage in achieving conventional deterrent value. Aircraft that are ready to bomb targets at a moment’s notice a l s o h e l p s t o p a n o t h e r n a t i o n f r o m t a k i n g c e r t a i n a c t i o n s b ecause of the fear of a swift, decisive reaction.

The 23 AEROSPACE POWER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY America’s nuclear deterrent power rests partly on the Minuteman III ICBM. speed, range, and flexibility of aerospace forces also give them a decided advantage in achieving conventional deterrent value. Aircraft that are ready to bomb targets at a moment’s notice a l s o h e l p s t o p a n o t h e r n a t i o n f r o m t a k i n g c e r t a i n a c t i o n s b ecause of the fear of a swift, decisive reaction. Aircraft can demonstrate deterrent value by providing a visible display of combat power if they fly near an enemy’s border or conduct training exercises in plain sight of an adversary.

The Soviet Union s a w that Berlin would not fold and ended the blockade on 12 May 1949. Aerospace forces can accomplish a wide variety of operations, including taking actions to prevent war by deterring a potential enemy from conducting military operations. The flexibility attributed to the inherent nature of aerospace power allows a nation to use a single aircraft to produce effects that once were achieved only by millions of soldiers. One plane might destroy a nuclear-weapons production plant and thereby end a nation’s ability to threaten a wide region of the world, or that plane itself might use a nuclear weapon.

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