Viktoriya Fedorchak is Lecturer in European Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway, and previously taught courses to the Irish Defence Forces at the Military College, Curragh, Ireland. She is author of British Air Power: The Doctrinal Path to Jointery (2018).
'This textbook sets out to provide the context and to explore the issues and ideas required to understand the contemporary use of airpower in its different operating environments. Fedorchak examines and explains relevant theory and concepts before addressing fundamental roles, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the theory and practice of airpower today. The book will be extremely useful for anyone interested in modern military operations, and will be especially valuable for those seeking to understand what militaries can achieve in and from the third-dimension.'--Ian Speller, Maynooth University, Ireland 'Viktoriya Fedorchak offers an excellent textbook on contemporary air power. The book represents a fresh and insightful study of the utility of air power in peace support operations, counter-insurgency campaigns and conventional warfare. It provides a scholarly assessment of theory, roles and functions and the place of air power in the larger context of civil society. It also offers an honest account of air power's strengths and limitations, as well as prudent advice on its future applicability. This book should be essential reading for anyone interested in the use of military force in today's world.'-- Colonel John Andreas Olsen, Royal Norwegian Air Force 'This is an important new work that adds substantially to the literature on modern airpower. Fedorchak has started with the basics of what airpower is and what it can do to achieve national goals, and then steps through the history of war over the past several decades. Her conclusions are logical and irrefutable: as range, precision and intelligence sources have multiplied, airpower had become increasingly crucial to how the West fights--against any adversary. Drawing a distinction between 'success' and 'victory,' she shows that airpower is essential to achieving success, which in the modern world is what nations must seek. An excellent primer essential to any course on airpower or as an adjunct to a study of strategy.'--Col. Phillip S. Meilinger, USAF (Retd.), formerly Dean of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies at the Air University, Alabama, USA