September 1, 2006  

Air power

It is a quintessentially American way of war. Over the past decade, new technologies have seemed to further fulfill the visions of air power theorists. Yet, new adversaries have adapted. As Lt. Col. Brian Newberry writes, the service must face up to the realities of urban warfare. Loren Thompson argues that the Air Force is increasingly ill-equipped to project power at long range. Nonetheless, says Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, these adaptations are, paradoxically, a testament to the dominance of American air power. Air power, he suggests, is woven into the strategic culture of the U.S.