Airpower Utilization Of The Military Instrument Of National Power

1124 Words Dec 9th, 2015 5 Pages
When it comes to the employment of the military instrument of national power, the ability of airpower to influence the strategic environment has been repeatedly demonstrated throughout history. Since 1991, the US has turned to airpower to achieve strategic objectives in a variety of ways. While there are numerous examples, we will examine how airpower has been utilized in two general categories: containment and humanitarian rights. The first category will discuss how the US has utilized airpower to contain bad actors in support of our economic, social, and political interests. The second category demonstrates airpower utilization for regime influence and/or removal, specifically as it pertains to violations of human rights. Lastly, we will discuss how airpower is currently being employed in the fight against ISIL. These examples will show the far-reaching strategic impact of airpower on shaping the environment in support of US national objectives.
The first category where airpower has played a vital strategic role is in the realm of containment. The concept of containment has been around since the Cold War when the US was committed to stopping the spread of communism, but in the sense that it will be used here, containment refers to preventing a regime or non-state actor from conducting operations that would prove contrary to US national interests. Containment in this manner has been accomplished primarily through the establishment of air exclusion zones (AEZs), but…

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