The Unseen War

Published in 2013 by Benjamin S. Lambeth

The Unseen War offers a comprehensive assessment of the air contribution to the three weeks of major combat that ended the rule of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein in 2003. In contrast to Operation DESERT STORM in 1991, the role of allied air power in the Nation’s second war against Iraq was not apparent to most observers, due to the concurrent land and air offensives coupled with the overwhelming majority of reporters embedded with ground units.

Even today, the air war history of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM remains largely unreported, despite the fact that American air assets, aided substantially by the air forces of the United Kingdom and Australia, played a key role in achieving the coalition’s immediate campaign goals. Lambeth’s work fills a long-standing gap in the literature on modern warfare by telling the detailed story of the role of airpower in OIF for the first time.

Gen Welsh

CSAF Messsage

Much has been written about the brave service of our men and women on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. The Unseen War tells the story of the coalition airmen who delivered decisive airpower effects during the first three weeks of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, paving the way for the rapid collapse of Saddam Hussein’s government.

Benjamin Lambeth

About The Author

Benjamin S. Lambeth is a Senior Fellow with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, who spent 37 years at the RAND Corporation. He is the author of The Transformation of American Air Power and Air Power against Terror. He lives in Paso Robles, California.