Air Force Roles and Missions: A History (1998) by Warren A. Trest

By Warren A. Trest

Lines the use of- and that means given to- the phrases "roles and missions" with regards to the militia and especially to the us Air strength, from 1907 to the current.

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Since the Army Reorganization Act of 1920 and the joint policy for coastal defense fell far short of their expectations, Mitchell and the separatists prepared for a greater challenge to the status quo as the postwar transition came to an end. 27 Roles and Missions 28 Preface CHAPTER II TRANSITIONS: EVOLVING INTERWAR ROLES AND MISSIONS Reflecting on the interwar years, Maj. Gen. Orvil A. ” According to Anderson, air doctrine was flawed at the start of World War II because inexperience formed “the frame of reference” for training and equipping the air arm between the wars.

Mitchell’s goal was to attack and sink the test targets, thus proving the airplane’s mastery at sea. In contrast, the Navy planned the tests as scientific experiments to gauge the capacity of the ships to withstand attack from naval gunfire and aerial bombardment. According to the Navy’s plan, the tests would proceed methodically, allowing construction engineers to examine structural damage at intervals between attacks. To appease Mitchell, the Joint Board promised him an old battleship for separate testing but deferred delivery until after the summer events.

Infantry commanders complained that Army airmen neglected the air-ground role between the wars because of their preference for strategic bombing and other aerial missions. 6 Not all airmen agreed that the air arm was neglected because it remained a component of the Army. ” Eaker acknowledged problems with some members of the General Staff, but he had high praise for “a large number of these military seniors” for their treatment of the air arm. “We could not have accomplished the things we did, in selling military aviation and its requirements, had it not been for a considerable group of the best Army officers who helped us instead of opposed our efforts,” he said.

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