The Air Force Way of WarU.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam

The Air Force Way of WarU.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam

Brian D. Laslie

Print publication date: 2016

ISBN: 9780813160597

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

This work traces the creation and evolution of air combat training exercises within the U.S. Air Force from Vietnam through Operation Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force. After Vietnam, the USAF fundamentally changed the way it prepared its combat pilots for air warfare. The creation of the realistic training exercise Red Flag altered the way the air force trained for and executed combat operations. Along the way, the importance of tactical aircraft greatly increased as the importance and contributions of the Strategic Air Command began to wane.