The Routledge Handbook of Air Power offers a comprehensive overview of the political purposes and military importance of air power.

Despite its increasing significance in international relations, statecraft and war, the phenomenon of air power remains controversial and little understood beyond its tactical and technological prominence. This volume provides a comprehensive survey designed to contribute to a deep and sophisticated understanding of air power. Containing contributions from academics and service personnel, the book comprises five sections:

- Part I Foundation: the essence of air power

- Part II Roles and functions: delivering air power

- Part III Cross-domain integration: applying air power

- Part IV Political–social–economic environment: air power in its strategic context

- Part V Case studies: air power in its national context

Examining a series of themes and factors that contribute to an understanding of the utility and applicability of air power, this Handbook focuses on the essence of air power, identifies its roles and functions, and places air power in its wider strategic and national contexts.

The Routledge Handbook of Air Power will be of great interest to students of air power, strategic studies, defence studies, security studies and IR, as well as to military professionals and policy-makers.

chapter |9 pages


The new face of war
ByJohn Andreas Olsen

part I|70 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

Air Power Anatomy

ByBenjamin S. Lambeth

chapter 2|11 pages

Air Power and High Command

ByAlan Stephens

chapter 3|11 pages

Air Power Theory

ByPhillip S. Meilinger

chapter 4|12 pages

Science, Technology and Air Warfare

ByRichard P. Hallion

chapter 5|12 pages

Air Power, International Law and Ethics

ByJeffrey Biller

chapter 6|11 pages

Air Power History

ByPeter W. Gray

part II|72 pages

Roles and functions

chapter 7|12 pages

Control of the Air

ByDag Henriksen

chapter 8|12 pages

Air Strike

ByFrans Osinga

chapter 9|11 pages

Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

ByGjert Lage Dyndal

chapter 10|12 pages

Air Mobility

ByRobert C. Owen

chapter 11|12 pages

Command and Control

ByChristopher McInnes

chapter 12|11 pages

Air Power Logistics

ByRichard Knighton

part III|73 pages

Cross-domain integration

chapter 13|12 pages

Air–Land Integration

ByHarvey Smyth

chapter 14|12 pages

Air–Sea Integration

ByTravis Hallen

chapter 15|12 pages

Air–Special Operations Integration

ByJames D. Kiras

chapter 16|12 pages

Air–Space Integration

ByEverett Carl Dolman

chapter 17|12 pages

Air Power and Cyber

ByRichard B. Andres

chapter 18|11 pages

Air Power in Interagency Operations

ByJames S. Corum

part IV|72 pages

Political–social– economic environment

chapter 19|11 pages

Combat Air Power and Political Effect

ByMichael Clarke

chapter 20|12 pages

Air Power, Media and Popular Culture

ByPhilip Sabin

chapter 21|10 pages

Deterrence and Coercive Diplomacy

ByKarl P. Mueller

chapter 22|12 pages

Air Power in Multinational Operations

ByChristian F. Anrig

chapter 23|13 pages

Costs of Combat Air Power

ByTrevor Taylor

chapter 24|12 pages

Air Power and Industry

ByKeith Hayward

part V|80 pages

Case studies

chapter 25|12 pages

Chinese Air Power

ByXiaoming Zhang

chapter 26|14 pages

Russian Air Power

ByIgor Sutyagin

chapter 27|12 pages

Indian Air Power

BySanu Kainikara

chapter 28|11 pages

Pakistani Air Power

ByJamal Hussain

chapter 29|12 pages

Brazilian Air Power

ByCarlos Eduardo Valle Rosa

chapter 30|11 pages

Japanese Air Power

ByTomoyuki Ishizu

chapter |3 pages


The Shape of Things to Come
ByJohn Andreas Olsen

chapter |3 pages


ByJohn Andreas Olsen