The Rise of Air Mobility and its Generals

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In the early years of the Cold War, the United States relied on strategic nuclear attack as the primary means of deterring the Soviet Union. The focus on manned bombers and atomic weapons led to the rise of Strategic Air Command and its leaders, the bomber generals, within the Air Force. The power and influence of the bomber generals peaked in the early 1960s. In the following two decades, Tactical Air Command and the power of fighter generals rose within the Air Force. Mike Worden described this transformation of leadership in his insightful book "Rise of the Fighter Generals: The Problem of Air Force Leadership, 1945-1982." Worden argued that fighter pilots rose to pre-eminence over bomber pilots because the bomber generals failed to adjust to changing realities related to America's failure in Vietnam and a growing conventional Soviet threat. The transition was complete by 1982, when a fighter pilot, Gen Charles A. Gabriel, became Air Force chief of staff. Today, 25 years after first assuming top command, fighter pilots continue to lead the Air Force.

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Publication date
October 09, 2020
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Page count
109
ISBN
9781839746093