In response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990, a small group of air power advocates in the Pentagon proposed a strategic air campaign - "Operation Desert Storm" designed to drive the Iraqi army from Kuwait by a sustained effort against the major sources of Iraqi national power. John Andreas Olsen provides a coherent and comprehensive examination of the origins, evolution and implementation of this campaign. His findings derive from official military and political documentation, interviews with United States Air Force officers who were closely involved with the planning of the campaign and Iraqis with detailed knowledge and experience of the inner workings of the Iraqi regime.
Dr John Andreas Olsen is a tutor and researcher at the Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy, where he lectures and writes on military theory, strategy and doctrine. He received his master's degree in British studies in 1995 from the University of Warwick (England) and his doctorate on 'Operation Desert Storm' in 2000 from De Montfort University. He began his military career in 1987, has recently attended the Royal Norwegian Air Force College in Oslo and is currrently working on two projects on the Gulf War of 1990-1991