Air Superiority is the Only Thing That Matters in Conflicts Between Superpowers

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DarkRationalist

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What about the failures in the US and Afghanistan? Those aren't superpowers, but don't they imply that air is only the first challenge for an invasionary force?  Even after losing air superiority, a native population can still wage a solid ground war on foreign troops.



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That's why I say "between superpowers". In rough terrain when a full air campaign is not being waged, the population hates you, principles from "Total Resistance" are being applied, and there are places to hide, air power is not a panacea. In division-level wars between superpowers, it is the only thing that matters (except nukes) though. Remember Iraq and Afghanistan were still occupied by us so they lost their respective initial wars. Only after extended guerilla warfare and attrition were they able to triumph.



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I’d be curious what the wonks in /r/CredibleDefense think about this.



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I’d be curious what the wonks in /r/CredibleDefense think about this.

You should post a thread there, it'd be interesting to see.