Worth a Look: Wings for Peace – First Book on Air Power in UN Operations

Worth A Look
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Wings for Peace

Ships in July 2014

Edited by A. Walter Dorn, Royal Military College of Canada, Canada

Series : Military Strategy and Operational Art

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Air power for warfighting is a story that’s been told many times. Air power for peacekeeping and UN enforcement is a story that desperately needs to be told. For the first-time, this volume covers the fascinating range of aerial peace functions. In rich detail it describes: aircraft transporting vital supplies to UN peacekeepers and massive amounts of humanitarian aid to war-affected populations; aircraft serving as the “eyes in sky” to keep watch for the world organization; and combat aircraft enforcing the peace. Rich poignant case studies illuminate the past and present use of UN air power, pointing the way for the future. This book impressively fills the large gap in the current literature on peace operations, on the United Nations and on air power generally.

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Contents: Foreword, Roméo Dallaire; Preface. Part I The UN’s First ‘Air Force’: Congo 1960-64: Organizing the air effort in the Congo, 1960, William K. Carr; Peacekeepers in combat: UN fighter jets and bombers in the Congo 1961-63, Walter Dorn; A fine line: use of force, the Cold War, and Canada’s air support for the United Nations organization in the Congo, Kevin Spooner. Part II Airlift: Lifeline For UN Missions: Above the roof-top of the world: Canadian air operations in Kashmir and along the India-Pakistan border, Matthew Trudgen; Humanitarian relief in Haiti 2010: honing the partnership between the US Air Force and the United Nations, Robert Owen; Flying humanitarians: the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, Walter Dorn and Ryan Cross. Part III Surveillance: Eyes in the Sky: Aerial surveillance: eyes in the sky, Walter Dorn; United Nations Observer Group in Lebanon: aerial surveillance during a civil war, 1958, Walter Dorn; UAVs supporting UN operations: a commercial service model, Dave Neil. Part IV No-Fly Zones: The United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission and the southern no-fly zone, 1991-2003, James McKay; Observing air power at work in Sector Sarajevo 1993-94: a personal account, F. Roy Thomas. Part V Combat: Enforcing the Peace: Air operations in Somalia: Black Hawk Down revisited, William Dean III; Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia 1995: humanitarian constraints in aerospace warfare, Robert Owen; Combat air power in the Congo, 2003-, Walter Dorn; Allied air power over Libya, Christian F. Anrig. Part VI Conclusion: Evolving Capabilities: Advances in aviation for UN peacekeeping: a view from UN headquarters, Kevin Shelton-Smith; Peace from above: envisioning the future of UN airpower, Robert D. Steele. Afterword; Index.

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About the Editor: A. Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the Canadian Forces College (CFC). As an “operational professor”, he has visited many UN missions and gained direct experience in field missions. He has served in Ethiopia as a UNDP consultant, at UN headquarters as a training adviser and as a consultant with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He has provided guidance to the UN on introducing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the Eastern Congo.

See Also:

2011 Peace from Above: Future of Intelligence & Air Power

Peacekeeping @ Phi Beta Iota

United Nations @ Phi Beta Iota