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Lesson Index: [ Introduction | Lesson Objective | Overview | Early Perspective of War | Rise of Total War | WWI Perspective | Context for Airpower | Aircraft as a Military Tool | Aircraft for Strategic Effects | Early Airpower Theorists | Aipower Theorists—Douhet | Douhet’s Theory | Implications of Douhet’s Theory | Douhet’s Impact | Aipower Theorists—Trenchard | Trenchard’s Theory | Implications of Trenchard’s Theory | Trenchard’s Impact | Aipower Theorists—Mitchell | Mitchell’s Theory | Implications of Mitchell’s Theory | Mitchell’s Impact | Mitchell’s Legacy | Summary | Quiz ]

Title: Overview

Voice: To support the learning objective, this presentation discusses how the lessons of World War I served as the motivation for developing strategic airpower. The lesson further covers how the introduction of the airplane in World War I offered an alternative to the carnage of static ground warfare. In addition, the lesson discusses how early airpower theorists shaped airpower thinking. The lesson culminates with an overview of how General Billy Mitchell impacted the evolution of U.S. airpower doctrine. To understand the revolutionary importance of airpower, you must first appreciate the horrors of World War I, in which millions died over the course of years of trench warfare.

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