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Politics of Coercion

Toward a Theory of Coercive Airpower for Post - Cold War Conflict



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The Politics of Coercion: Toward a Theory of Coercive Airpower for Post - Cold War Conflict by Ellwood, P. Hinman IV
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In The Politics of Coercion, Lieutenant Colonel Hinman examines what coercion theory suggests about the use of airpower in the early twenty-first century. Specifically, he seeks to determine whether any of the existing theories of coercion can stand alone as a coherent, substantive, and codified approach to airpower employment. Framing his analysis on three key attributes of conflict in the post-Cold War era -limited, non-protracted war; political restraint; and the importance of a better state of peace- Hinman examines the contemporary applicability of the four major theories of coercive airpower: punishment, risk, decapitation, and denial. Finding limitations in these theories, he proposes a three-phase "hybrid approach" to coercion that more adequately meets the needs of post-Cold War conflict.
Release date NZ
February 15th, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
University Press of the Pacific
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