Maximizing the Psychological Effects of Airpower

Lessons from Past Wars

by Stephen T. Hosmer

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This research brief describes work documented in Psychological Effects of U.S. Air Operations in Four Wars, 1941-1991: Lessons for U.S. Commanders (MR-576-AF).

Excerpt: The psychological effects of air operations can help shorten wars and reduce their costs, particularly in lives. In some conflict situations, these effects may in fact exceed the physical effects in importance.

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