- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lt. Gen. David Deptula (USAF, ret.)
Best Defense department of airborne victory
–Winged Defense: The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power Economic and Military, William Mitchell, 1925
— The Air Campaign: Planning for Combat, John Warden, 1988
—The Transformation of American Air Power, Benjamin S. Lambeth, 2000
—The Influence of Air Power upon History, Walter J. Boyne, 2003
—Airpower Advantage: Planning the Gulf War Air Campaign, 1989-1991, Diane T. Putney, 2004
—The Art of Airpower: Sun Tzu Revisited, Sanu Kainikara, 2009
—Learning Large Lessons: The Evolving Roles of Ground Power and Air Power in the Post-Cold War Era, David E. Johnson, 2007
—The Foundations of US Air Doctrine: The Problem of Friction in War, Barry D. Watts, 1984.
—A History of Air Warfare, John Olsen, 2010
—Global Air Power, John Olsen, 2011
—Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force, Frank Futrell, 1989
—The Icarus Syndrome, Carl Builder, 1993.
I would replace Douhet on the USMA History Department’s top 10 classics with “Winged Defense.”