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The Quest for Relevant Air Power

Continental European Responses to the Air Power Challenges of the Post–Cold War Era

Christian F. Anrig, PhD
2011, 425 pages
ISBN: 978-1-58566-216-6
Cost: $56, AU Press Code: B-125

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Christian Anrig examines the responses of France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden to the challenges of air power in the last two decades, His examination is both instructive and disheartening. Anyone who is detailed to work alongside these air forces will benefit considerably from understanding how and why they do what they do. Sadly, the author has only too clearly identified the national features which, with one or two exceptions, are likely to inhibit the creation of European air power in the foreseeable future. The author brings deep scholarship to his study, reinforced by his national objectivity. It is a unique and indispensable contribution to international awareness of twenty-first-century air power.

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