FDR and Hap Arnold frequently clashed, but their partnership brought about the mighty Army Air Forces.
The nation was divided about the thermonuclear weapon, but Truman concluded, “We have no choice.”
In World War I and after, this lifelong Army engineer kept the Air Service moving forward.
Gen. George C. Marshall helped clear the path for development of a powerful US air arm.
Long before Robert Lovett became Secretary of Defense, he helped Hap Arnold push for increased aircraf
After the war, Eisenhower came to the forefront as an advocate for an independent air arm.
Gen. Lauris Norstad worked well behind the scenes, and his quiet actions had a decisive impact on US d
To quote Hugh Knerr, “Sometimes it is necessary to violently rock the boat to dislodge the rats.”
Hap Arnold’s unique B-29 force brought Japan to its knees and helped make the case for an independent
Under Eisenhower, strategic airpower became the centerpiece of US military strategy.
The daytime vs. nighttime bombing debate carried the highest stakes--the outcome of the war against Ge
The services controlled military operations until 1958, when Eisenhower gave that power to a new class
Airpower won its first victory over a land force. The Tuskegee Airmen saw their first combat. Not bad
He was a superb leader and organizer. He also knew how to get along with MacArthur.
On the eve of Pearl Harbor, the White House wanted to send large numbers of aircraft, sorely needed by
George Marshall, facing imminent war, acted decisively to free airpower from the General Staff's obstr
"We've got to stop the sons of bitches, no matter what, and that's all there is to it," he said.
NSC-68 recognized the massive changes in the postwar world and set the stage for a new kind of peaceti
Fifty years ago, Congress shifted power from the services to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Fifty years ago this month, racial segregation was abolished in the armed forces.
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