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An acknowledged aerospace historian Mr Richard P Hallion is an associate for the Smithsonian Institution employed in the research division A former Charles A Lindbergh Professor of Aerospace History Mr Hallion has written or edited thirteen other books including The Wright Brothers Heirs of Prometheus 1978 Test Pilots The Frontiersmen of Flight 1988 and The History of Battlefield Air Attack 1911-1945 1989 while professor at the Army War College Mr Hallion writes Storm over Iraq from an academic perspective using military history and the ascendancy of air power as the focus point for his book Mr Richard P Hallions Storm over Iraq opens with the origins of air power since World War I and its subsequent development into the current aircraft and weaponry of the 21st century Mr Hallion traces the history of air-combat techniques employed in the battle over Iraq analyzes the weaponry used including the remarkable F-117A stealth fighter and points out the shortcomings in the Allies performance notably in combat search and rescue Mr Hallion makes it a point to directly correlate these technological advancements in military machinery to the route of Allied victory in the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91 Mr Hallion illustrates that these advancements in air power used in the Gulf War had to overcome a series of misfortunes not only because of unsatisfactory performances in previous combat missions but also due in part to political interference Mr Hallion stresses that the doomed relationship between using air power for exercises it was never designed to do and individuals political agendas undermined the effectiveness of air power for several decades Hallion 52 This black eye over the effectiveness of air power was laid to rest when the Allies were able to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait almost entirely by aerial suppressionIn the first chapter of Mr Hallions book he examines the history of air power going back to World War I and the very first primitive aerial assault aircraft
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