Air Force Roles and Missions: A History (1998) by Warren A. Trest

By Warren A. Trest

Lines using- and which means given to- the phrases "roles and missions" with regards to the militia and especially to the us Air strength, from 1907 to the current.

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S. Army regrouped for an extended campaign against a vital line extending from the Argonne forest to the Meuse. While still supporting troops fighting in the St. Mihiel salient, friendly air units played an important role in supporting the American buildup in the new assault area. ”57 The situation was made more difficult by the large number of enemy air forces drawn to the area by the attack on St. Mihiel. Air Service squadrons had to shield the massive troop movement from these enemy forces. “To assure the essential secrecy was a serious problem for the Air Service,” General Patrick explained.

Perhaps influenced by the Army aviators postwar agitation for autonomy, the Navy Department accelerated its naval aviation development. ” He believed that the Navy would be best served by creation of a Bureau of Aeronautics, with money given directly to the Secretary for aviation purposes and handled as a single fund. 88 Meanwhile, if Mitchell’s extensive lobbying did not further the cause of Navy aviation, it undoubtedly raised public awareness about the naval air role. His writings included articles on air power versus sea power, and he proposed developing “airplane carriers to carry bombardment aviation” to replace battle- Despite the best efforts of Billy Mitchell’s to perform a convincing display of strategic airpower bombing capabilities, the USS Indiana stubbornly remained afloat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Not surprisingly, the conclusions drawn from the bombing tests were as contradictory as the cross-purposes for conducting them. Barely a week after sinking the dreadnought, Mitchell led mock air raids on cities along the Atlantic Coast to demonstrate their vulnerability to hostile air attack and to raise public awareness of the need for a strong national air force. On August 29, he submitted a report on the 1st Provisional Air Brigade’s operations to Menoher. He believed the exercises proved that “none of the seacraft would have lasted ten minutes in a serviceable condition” had the brigade been allowed to plan and execute the attacks with that in mind.

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