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Title: Back to the future: aerial warfare in Libya
Authors: Vicente, João Paulo Nunes
Keywords: Airpower
War in Libya
Operation Unified Protector
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Vicente, João Paulo Nunes (2013). "Back to the future: aerial warfare in Libya". JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations, Vol. 4, n.º 1 (May-October 2013), pp. 59-72. Consulted [online] on date of last view,
Abstract: A century after the first air bomb mission, a new intervention in the same geographic space has made evident the changes in Airpower. The Aerial Warfare in Libya has radically changed the civil war, complying with a UN mission to protect Libyan population, imposing a no-fly zone and an arms embargo. Therefore, Operation Unified Protector became one of the most successful campaigns in the history of NATO. We aim to assess the operational efficiency of Airpower in the conflict in Libya, focusing on the challenges of a War essentially Aerial. Despite the military results and the fact that some political objectives were met, we can identify some concerning trends that, if not shifted, may negatively influence future NATO operations. We do not aim to draw general and universal conclusions on the strategic value of Airpower based on the analysis of a specific case. Above all, we focus on identifying some lessons which have influenced OUP operational efficiency. Thus, we must analyze some factors, such as the scope of objectives, the type of opposing action and aerial strategy used by the coalition and then focus on the challenges arising from the OUP.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
Publisher Version:,-n-%C2%BA1-may-october-2013/articles/226-back-to-the-future-aerial-warfare-in-libya
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OBSERVARE - JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol.4, n.1 (May-October 2013)

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