Phillip S. Meilinger
Recent stories by Phillip S. Meilinger
Heroes and Leaders: Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker
Rickenbacker was a fearless and aggressive hunter. He would never admit defeat and rejected any attempts at sentimentality.
Learning the Not-So-Obvious Lessons
Sometimes getting to real knowlege takes some digging.
The mission began in World War I and has been employed with varying success but increasing importance.
War Over the Fjords
The 1940 Norway campaign showed how modern warfare would require airpower and joint operations.
The fog of war can be deadly and tragic.
The Early War Plans
In the late 1940s, the Soviets had millions of men under arms, but the US had nuclear weapons and airp
Early Atomic Air
The airmen charged with delivering nuclear weapons were often kept in the dark about the revolutionary
How Bombers Defeated Japan
The Strategic Bombing Survey authoritatively determined that the B-29 campaign played a decisive role
The USSBS’ Eye on Europe
The US Strategic Bombing Survey chronicled a cascading, cataclysmic failure throughout the German eco
The Prescient Planners of AWPD-1
In nine days during July 1941, air war planners on Hap Arnold’s staff put together a bold plan for the
A Short History of “Decisiveness”
In numerous campaigns and wars, airpower turned out to be the “force of decision.”
The Question of What to Target
In the quandaries of World War II, one finds the origins of Operations Research.
Airpower appears to be a mass of contradictions. That perception is right—and wrong.
Counterinsurgency From Above
A prominent analyst makes the case for emphasizing airpower in the nation’s “small wars.”
The 90-Year Tanker Saga
Start with a World War I Russian pilot and go from there to US power projection.
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