Title Bombs without Boots
Subtitle The Limits of Airpower
Author Anthony M. Schinella
ISBN 9780815732419
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 300
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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“Tony Schinella is one the country’s finest military analysts and with Bombs without Boots he has contributed an absolute gem to America’s current security debate. Over the past twenty years, the United States has tried ever more frequently to win wars by employing air power in support of indigenous ground forces. Until now, no one has ever assessed the utility of this approach—when it has worked, when it has failed, and why. Schinella’s masterful analysis makes clear both the advantages and disadvantages. It should be a critical component of any debate when Americans contemplate employing this same strategy all over again, as we inevitably will.”

Kenneth M Pollack, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; author of Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness


“An outstanding work by one of America’s premier military analysts on the uses and limitations of airpower in modern conflict. It will be read and re-read by intelligence officers and military strategists for years to come.”

Michael Vickers, former U.S. undersecretary of defense for intelligence


Airpower can achieve military objectives—sometimes, in some circumstances

It sounds simple: using airpower to intervene militarily in conflicts, thus minimizing the deaths of soldiers and civilians while achieving both tactical and strategic objectives. In reality, airpower alone sometimes does win battles, but the costs can be high and the long-term consequences may fall short of what decision-makers had in mind.

This book by a long-time U.S. intelligence analyst assesses the military operations and post-conflict outcomes in five cases since the mid-1990s in which the United States and/or its allies used airpower to “solve” military problems: Bosnia in 1995, Kosovo in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001, Lebanon in 2006, and Libya in 2011. In each of these cases, airpower helped achieve the immediate objective, but the long-term outcomes often diverged significantly from the original intent of policymakers. The author concludes that airpower sometimes can be effective when used to support indigenous ground forces, but decision-makers should carefully consider all the circumstances before sending planes, drones, or missiles aloft.


Preface and Acknowledgments

Selected Initialisms

Introduction: The Appeal of Airpower

Chapter 1. Bosnia, 1995—Operation Deliberate Force

Chapter 2. Kosovo, 1999—Operation Allied Force

Chapter 3. Afghanistan, 2001—Operation Enduring Freedom

Chapter 4. Israel/Lebanon, 2006—Operation Change of Direction 11

Chapter 5. Libya, 2011—Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector

Chapter 6. Conclusion




About the Author:

Anthony M. Schinella is the National Intelligence Officer for Military Issues on the National Intelligence Council. He has spent more than 25 years serving in the U.S. government assessing foreign military forces and operations.

Target Audience:

This book will be of great use to intelligence officers and military strategists.


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