America Needs Air Power, But Does It Really Need An Air Force?
The National Interest -

Robert Farley

Security, Americas

Let the debate begin.

Key point: Folding the assets and missions of the USAF back into its parent services would enhance the flexibility of the United States.

With the Iraq War over and the fighting in Afghanistan winding down, why does the United States need to maintain two large land armies, the Army and Marine Corps? The question seems perfectly reasonable given the apparent absence of large terrestrial threats, but it leads us down the wrong path.


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