A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War by John Thomas Farquhar

By John Thomas Farquhar

Greater than a device of coverage makers to collect intelligence, Air strength reconnaissance efforts formed early chilly conflict doctrine and conflict making plans. Dr. Farquhar argues lack of understanding on Soviet strategic functions ruled the association, operational making plans, and kit of the postwar Air strength. To help his statement, Farquhar lines the improvement of aerial reconnaissance from the 1st balloon ascents via global battle II as a prelude. He then examines early chilly struggle peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering expertise, bureaucratic progress, and a relative loss of recognition paid to digital war earlier than the Korean battle. dependent totally on archival resources, the e-book serves as a good reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and digital conflict within the early life of the chilly warfare.

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44 In sum, Pincher’s estimate of Soviet capabilities matched a land juggernaut against a strategic air force armed with a limited number of atomic weapons.

1 Likewise, combat capability declined dramatically. 2 Nevertheless, despite the decline in capability, Americans felt secure from outside threat. After all, the United States had just defeated the most powerful military powers in history and alone possessed an awesome new weapon. Of more immediate concern than external problems, government officials worried about renewed economic depression. The reentry of 10 million men into the workforce and the conversion of factories from military to civilian goods posed significant challenges.

6. Glenn B. Infield, Unarmed and Unafraid (New York: Macmillan, 1970), 22–24; Mead, 16–17; and Marsh, 15–43. 7. Mead, 18. See also, Alistair Horne, “The Balloons of Paris,” MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 13, no. 4 (summer 2001): 80–87. 8. : Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993), 25. 9. William E. Burrows, Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security (New York: Random House, 1986), 32; and Infield, 31–32. 10. Morrow, 63; and Raleigh, 329. 11. Mead, 56–57. 12. , 66–67. 13. Roy Conyers Nesbit, Eyes of the RAF: A History of Photo-Reconnaissance (Phoenix Mill, United Kingdom: Alan Sutton Publishers, 1996), 26.

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