Warplanes: January 24, 2000

Archives

The US Air Force has decided that the Kosovo War is the model for future Major Theater Wars, and will use it to calculate what it needs for future conflicts. This is both good and bad. While it is dubious to assume that future wars can be won by air power alone, the Air Force has at least learned that the Cold War model of a short intense war is not going to suffice for the future. The Kosovo campaign lasted longer than the Air Force expected the NATO-PACT war in Europe to last, and consequently took more spare parts and maintenance than the Air Force had expected. That one relatively minor conflict burned up most of the available spares and some categories of precision-guided weapons, and any future conflict must allow for more of these supplies.--Stephen V Cole

 


Article Archive

Warplanes: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
20

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close