Why The U.S. Army Is Stuck In The 19th Century

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Bill Sweetman

U.S. NEWS

09.02.14

Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century

http://www.thedailybeast.com/ articles/2014/09/02/why-the-u- s-army-is-stuck-in-the-19th- century.html

It’s unlikely that the U.S. Air Force will be abolished in anyone’s lifetime, whatever University of Kentucky professor Robert Farley, author of Grounded-The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force, may think.

A few commentators have already raised the obvious issues: that the USAF already provides essential enablers to the Army and Navy, rather than being obsessed with bombers and independent airpower; that neither the Army nor the Navy would be well suited to take over things like space launch and operations, or airlift; and that not much money would actually be saved without eliminating entire missions.

But Farley’s book makes a bigger argument: that the case for an independent air force is based on the false assertion that airpower can win wars on its own. In doing so, the…

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