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This encyclopedia article surveys the subject of air power as an area of research in international security studies. It addresses the evolution of military air power and classical theories about its use, the strategic employment of air power for coercion, air power in counterinsurgency warfare, legal and moral issues in air warfare, and the relationship between air and space power. The article includes a bibliography of significant works and useful on-line resources for students and scholars in the field.

Posted with permission from The International Studies Encyclopedia, Vol. I, edited by Robert A. Denemark, April 2010, pp. 47–65. Copyright 2010 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

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Originally published in The International Studies Encyclopedia, Vol. I, edited by Robert A. Denemark, April 2010, pp. 47-65.

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