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Contents Preface Acknowledgments PART ONE: The Challenge 1 Raising the Shield Iraqi "saber-rattling" Building the forces: Operation Desert Shield Intelligence preparation of the battlefield Knowing the enemy Defense-in-depth: Iraqi land-warfare capabilities "KARI": Iraq's integrated air-defense system Iraq's long-range strike capabilities Cold Warriors in the desert 2 Forging the Sword Initial planning Role of air power in offensive planning Audacious plan 3 Desert Storm -- Strategic Attack Iraqi withholding of strategic air-defense efforts Empty battlefield: Scud-hunting in 1991 Costs and benefits of broader strategic targeting On balance: The strategic air campaign 4 Desert Saber -- Air-Land Battle Cluttered battlefield "Plinking" tanks and other targets in the KTO Bomb-Damage Assessment in Desert Storm Assessing and controlling the preparation of the battlefield Ground war begins Failure to trap the Republican Guard Postwar characterization of Desert Storm PART TWO: THE WAR BETWEEN THE WARS 5 After the Storm -- US Responses to Ongoing Iraqi Resistance Failure of the 1991 uprisings against Saddam Postwar resistance to the cease-fire terms Creation of a southern no-fly zone Building to crisis January 1993 strikes on Iraq 6 "Tomahawk Diplomacy" June 1993 cruise-missile strike "Basra breakout"---Iraq's October 1994 feint toward Kuwait Struggle to maintain containment Saddam's invasion of Kurdistan Operation Desert Strike Fallout from the era of "Tomahawk Diplomacy" 7 "Cheat and Retreat" Iraq's resistance to UN inspections Protecting the U-2 flights over Iraq Development of enlarged coercive options "Cheat-and-Retreat" crises Disarming Iraq Striking the concealment mechanism Bulking out the target sets On regime change Last "Cheat-and-Retreat" episode Operation Desert Fox Reflections on Desert Fox 8 Prelude to War -- The No-Fly Zones After Desert Fox Centralized execution in Operation Southern Watch Decentralized rollback in Operation Northern Watch Putting the brakes on Northern Watch Devolution and evolution of Iraqi air defenses by 2001 February 2001 strike Trying to back off in Operation Southern Watch PART THREE: ENDING RESISTANCE 9 Transitioning to War Planning Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Southern Focus and the slide to war Failure of "Cheat and Retreat" in 2003 Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom Ground before air---reordering Operation Iraqi Freedom "Shock and Awe?"---Neutering the strategic air campaign 10 March on Baghdad Lunge northward Running into quicksand Failed deep strike against the Medina division "Smackdown": Bombing through the sandstorm Entering the cities Shaping the coming battle for Baghdad End of Saddam Hussein's regime 11 Ending Resistance Challenge Project Broader insurgency Defensive and offensive coalition responses Calibrating force "No-go" zones and Iraq's season of battles Securing the elections Epilog: America's fifteen-year war in Iraq Analyzing Iraqi resistance Exploitation of U.S. military weaknesses Challenge of ending resistance Endnotes Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Persian Gulf War, 1991.
Iraq War, 2003-.
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Iraq -- History, Military -- 20th century.
Insurgency -- Iraq.