Kevin N Lewis Free eBooks (1)

ISBN: 0833016210, 9780833016218
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: living, constraints, history, forces, fighter, future, usaf, downsizing
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How should U.S. Air Force fighter forces be structured and organized in the future? No one doubts that airpower will play a continuing vital role in future American defense planning. That role may, in fact, grow in importance as U.S. defense downsizing continues, as the global strategic environment evolves, and as technological and other developments present new operational opportunities. Such cap......
ISBN: 0833014161, 9780833014160
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: forces, fighter, future, planning
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Planning Future U.S. Fighter Forces offers a general discussion on force structure and planning options the air force will most likely face over the next few years. It addresses the growing controversy over how to modernize U.S. fighter forces in the post-Cold War era--a controversy that is intensified by the critical role that airpower plays in defense strategy and its high cost. The author's pur......
ISBN: 0833016725, 9780833016720
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: world, war, trends, budget, security, spending, national
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This Note surveys major national and DOD trends of interest to defense planners since 1945. In general, the Defense Department's budget has reflected the world situation fairly reliably. As an element of the national economy and the federal budget, the defense burden has generally followed a downward trend since the Korean War. Nondefense federal and net public budgets have grown (and can be expec......
ISBN: 0833009923, 9780833009920
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: over, time, posture, budget, force, air
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Based on large-scale trends regarding Air Force planning over the 25 years from fiscal years 1962 to 1986, this report compares inputs — in the form of defense resources — with posture outputs — such as alert strategic warheads, tactical fighter squadrons, airlift ton-mile potential, etc. After examining important trends in Department of Defense and Air Force budgets, the author ......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: revelation, capability, deliberate, deterrence, getting
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In recent years, the United States has increasingly relied on sophisticated yet sensitive military capabilities to counterbalance powerful Soviet forces. To the extent that the Soviets have little or no understanding of deliberately concealed U.S. capabilities, their assessments of the military balance may be biased. The more successfully the United States protects key capabilities, the more this ......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: primer, trends, structure, force, historical
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This paper chronicles U.S. defense program developments since 1946, with emphasis on the force structure characteristics as they reflect budgetary climates in recent decades. The author notes a continuity in force levels that does not exactly correspond with the variation in spending levels. He also discusses trends in past force design principles as they have come to determine current planning di......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: functionally, organized, taxonomy, initiative, defense, soviet, responses, strategic, possible
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In the wake of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), much effort has been devoted to estimating potential Soviet responses to it. There is general agreement that the Soviet response will (1) consist of attempts to stop, circumvent, emulate, and neutralize the SDI; (2) include political, military, and strategic efforts; and (3) vary over time, depending on several factors. Setting aside Soviet te......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: gramm, rudman, light, navy, ship, rethinking
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This paper discusses a crucial policy question facing the United States — whether the proposed Navy buildup from a fleet of 500 to one of 600 ships makes good sense, or whether budget resources would be better spent in other ways. The most expensive element of the proposed increase will be the addition of three vessels to the aircraft carrier force. The cost to maintain each of these (with i......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: strategy, capabilities, links, restoring, force, planning, strategic
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Since the early 1970s, the nuclear planning community has gradually come to agree that a strategy emphasizing the flexible and discriminate employment of nuclear weapons is probably the best way to make the U.S. deterrent more reliable and credible.However, serious problems continue to undermine U.S. preparations for a strategy of flexible employment. Already tenuous, the link between U.S. nuclear......
Author: Kevin N. Lewis
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Keywords: meet, challenge, 1980s, balance, strategic, soviet
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A discussion of the overall U.S.-Soviet strategic competition.The author describes the context in which the "balance" is defined.Next, he points out one current problem with the balance — how the use of nuclear weapons can support our national objectives — and suggests that the United States must commit itself to increased funding for its strategic forces.While the United States has be......
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