The Air Force Way of War: U.S. Tactics and Training after Vietnam

Published in 2015 by Brian Laslie

During the Vietnam era, the USAF found itself challenged by an inferior force flying inferior aircraft who, nevertheless, was able to destroy 1,737 aircraft, mostly with AAA and SAMs. Post-Vietnam, the Air Force needed a revolution in both the way we trained aircrew and employed in combat.  Air Force Historian Brian Laslie argues these advances, including exercises such as Red Flag, Green Flag, and Air Warrior enabled the devastating effects of airpower in Desert Storm, Deliberate Force, and Allied Force.  More than a history for aircrew, this selection examines how innovative thinkers of the time, including then-Major John Jumper, Moody Suter, and John Warden, advanced ideas and concepts despite the obstacles arrayed against them.

Brian Laslie

About The Author

Brian Laslie is an Air Force Historian and currently the Deputy Command Historian at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). A 2001 graduate of The Citadel and a historian of air power studies, Dr. Laslie received his Masters' from Auburn University Montgomery in 2006 and his Doctorate from Kansas State University in 2013. He lives in Colorado Springs.