This study of joint U.S. air operations over the past 50 years examines six major air campaigns — Midway, the Solomon Islands, Korea, Vietnam, El Dorado Canyon (Libya), and Desert Storm — in search of lessons learned that might be applied in the planning and organizing of future joint operations. Pointing to the progress shown in Operation Desert Storm, the authors develop recommendations that take advantage of the diversity inherent in U.S. air power while minimizing sources of disharmony.

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