Airpower Reborn: The Strategic Concepts of John Warden and John Boyd

John Andreas Olsen, ed.

Overview: John Boyd and John Warden are arguably the most important intellectual influences over the USAF in the 21st century, although many Airmen have little understanding of their fundamental concepts or how they changed the American approach to Airpower. Without their ideas, the United States might not be the dominant Airpower in the world in the 21st century. Their concepts were first put into action during Operation Desert Storm, but have since expanded and helped define the very core of what it means to be an Airman. This work examines the key contributions of Boyd and Warden, and at the same time, offers an explanation of modern Airpower theory and strategy. As a result, it is both history and a modern examination of the key attributes of Airpower. The work also advances new arguments about what Airpower is, and how it can be effectively applied in the 21st century, if planners understand the unique elements of Airpower and its capabilities.