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Lambeth, Benjamin S.

Works: 80 works in 348 publications in 2 languages and 16,749 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: DK54, 341.670947
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Most widely held works by Benjamin S Lambeth
The Soviet Union and arms control: a superpower dilemma by Roman Kolkowicz( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The transformation of American air power by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beskriver udviklingen inden for luftkrig og luftmagt navnlig med relation til amerikanske forhold og strategier
Mastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of space by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author assesses the military space challenges that face the Air Force and the nation in light of the findings and recommendations of the congressionally mandated Space Commission, released in January 2001. After reviewing the main milestones in the Air Force's involvement in space since its creation as an independent service in 1947, he examines the circumstances that occasioned the Space Commission's creation, as well as the conceptual and organizational roadblocks that have impeded a more rapid growth of U.S. military space capability. He concludes that the Air Force faces five basic challenges with respect to space: continuing the operational integration of space with the three terrestrial warfighting mediums while ensuring the organizational differentiation of space from Air Force air; effectively wielding its newly granted military space executive-agent status; realizing a transparent DoD-wide budget category for space; showing progress toward fielding a meaningful space control capability while decoupling that progress from any perceived taint of force-application involvement; and making further progress toward developing and nurturing a cadre of skilled space professionals within the Air Force
NATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessment by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a thorough appraisal of Operation Allied Force, NATO's 78-day air war to compel the president of Yugoslavia, Slobodan Milosevic, to end his campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in Kosovo. The author sheds light both on the operation's strengths and on its most salient weaknesses. He outlines the key highlights of the air war and examines the various factors that interacted to induce Milosevic to capitulate when he did. He then explores air power's most critical accomplishments in Operation Allied Force as well as the problems that hindered the operation both in its planning and in its execution. Finally, he assesses Operation Allied Force from a political and strategic perspective, calling attention to those issues that are likely to have the greatest bearing on future military policymaking. The book concludes that the air war, although by no means the only factor responsible for the allies' victory, certainly set the stage for Milosevic's surrender by making it clear that he had little to gain by holding out. It concludes that in the end, Operation Allied Force's most noteworthy distinction may lie in the fact that the allies prevailed despite the myriad impediments they faced."--Rand abstracts
Air power against terror : America's conduct of Operation Enduring Freedom by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 plunged the United States into a determined counteroffensive against Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network. This report details the initial U.S. military response to those attacks, namely, the destruction of al Qaeda's terrorist infrastructure and the removal of the ruling Taliban regime in Afghanistan. It first outlines the efforts of the Bush administration to prepare for war, including pulling together an effective coalition, crafting a war strategy, moving forces and materiel to the region, forging alliances with indigenous anti-Taliban elements in Afghanistan, laying the groundwork for a target-approval process, and planning for humanitarian relief operations. It then follows the unfolding of Operation Enduring Freedom from its beginning, starting with air strikes against Taliban early warning radars, airfields, ground force facilities, and other fixed targets. The author also explains how allied Special Operations Forces (SOF) were successfully inserted into Afghanistan and how those forces, enabled by U.S. air power, were eventually able to work with indigenous friendly Afghan fighters in defeating and routing the Taliban. He then outlines problems that were later encountered in Operation Anaconda- an initiative by U.S. Army forces to push into the high mountains of Afghanistan where hard-core al Qaeda holdouts were known to be regrouping. This was to be a conventional ground force operation, but unexpected resistance and resultant fierce fighting required the emergency summoning of fixed-wing air power. This air involvement proved pivotal in producing a successful outcome and, in hindsight, pointed to the failure of Operation Anaconda's planners to make the most of the potential synergy of air, space, and land power that was available to them. The author describes some of the friction and conflicts that arose within U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) over how best to use air power in the war. Perhaps the most serious inefficiency had to do with strict rules of engagement and a resultant target-approval bottleneck at CENTCOM that often allowed many important but fleeting attack opportunities to slip away. The author emphasizes, however, several distinctive achievements in this war, including the use of SOF-enabled precision weapons that were effective irrespective of weather, the first combat use of Predator unmanned aerial vehicles armed with Hellfire missiles, and the integrated employment of high-altitude drones and other air- and space-based sensors that gave CENTCOM unprecedented round-the-clock awareness of enemy activity
The unseen war : allied air power and the takedown of Saddam Hussein by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Unseen War offers a comprehensive assessment of the air contribution to the three weeks of major combat that ended the rule of Iraq's Saddam Hussein in 2003. Unlike in the earlier instance of Operation Desert Storm in 1991, the role of allied air power in the nation's second war against Iraq was not apparent to most observers, since the land offensive began concurrently with the air offensive and the overwhelming majority of the reporters who accompanied allied forces into combat were embedded with ground units
Russia's air power at the crossroads by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report is an assessment of trends and prospects in Russian military aviation. It is based in large measure on the extensive reportage on air power and other military matters that has pervaded the Russian defense literature since the onset of glasnost in 1986. It also benefits from limited first-hand contacts between the author and senior Russian Air Force and aviation industry leaders. The roots of this undertaking go back to a Project AIR FORCE study initiated at RAND in 1987 for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, aimed at providing a comprehensive look at how tactical aviation fitted into broader Soviet concepts for theater warfare in Europe. That project, entitled "Soviet Tactical Air Power in Strategic Perspective," sought to examine the USSR's fighter force in terms of its historical origins, organizational development, training and tactics, operational style, mission tasking, and role in overall theater campaign strategy. Soon after work began, most of the original questions posed, along with the geostrategic setting of Soviet force planning, underwent a fundamental change as a result of then-President Mikhail Gorbachev's doctrinal innovations and the ensuing end of the cold war. At the same time, Gorbachev's domestic reforms created new issues of interest with regard to Soviet military aviation. They also opened up some unprecedented sources of insight into the inner workings of the Soviet defense establishment. As a result, the sponsoring office, Project CHECKMATE, agreed to Put the study on hold so that these developments might be taken into proper account
American carrier air power at the dawn of a new century by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

14 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Afghanistan war, U.S. carrier-based fighters substituted almost entirely for land-based theater air forces. The Navy's carriers again played a key role in conducting around-the-clock operations against Saddam Hussein's forces in Iraq. American carrier air power is now able to conduct coordinated deep-strike missions well beyond coastal reaches. The Navy's performance over Afghanistan and Iraq showed how the nation's carrier force can provide around-the-clock target coverage, consistently accurate target attack, and multiple successful target attacks per sortie
Russia's air power in crisis by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Desert Storm and its meaning : the view from Moscow by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Operation Desert Storm (ODS) is the closest thing to a laboratory test of the U.S. and Soviet ways of war. More important than what it may tell us about future Russian defense policy, however, is what we may learn from assessment of the war offered by military analysts in Moscow. Russian military analysts have publicly cited a number of conclusions from the experience in the Persian Gulf, including (1) the nature of modern war has changed radically in the last few years; (2) though it may not win wars by itself, air power has become the decisive force; (3) the Soviet concept of integrated, overlapping, and redundant air defenses has serious shortcomings; and (4) coalition warfare can work. There is a fair chance that the post-Soviet military could adopt a more Western approach as a result of the model provided by the allied performance in ODS. However, some of the most important insights the Russians have drawn from the Gulf experience have been more political than military. These include a recognized need to disentangle from bad allies and an understanding that it makes more sense to work with the West than against it
Combat pair : the evolution of Air Force-Navy integration in strike warfare by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

14 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report documents the exceptional cross-service harmony that the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy have steadily developed in their conduct of integrated strike operations since the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. That close harmony contrasts sharply with the situation that prevailed throughout most of the Cold War, when the two services maintained separate and unique operating mindsets and lacked any significant interoperability features
The Strategic Defense Initiative in Soviet planning and policy by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report analyzes the nature and depth of Moscow's concern about the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and its implications for future Soviet responses. The authors consider the political-military and technical issues raised for the Soviets by SDI. The study assesses the Soviet declaratory stance on SDI; reviews the evolution and current state of Soviet attitudes toward homeland defense; summarizes key trends in Soviet antiballistic missile and antisatellite technology; considers the actual concerns that may underlie Moscow's propaganda line on SDI; reviews the range of technical responses the Soviets have said they might undertake; and examines the various political, strategic, institutional, and economic determinants that will shape whatever counter-SDI choices the Soviets ultimately adopt
Is Soviet defense policy becoming civilianized? by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since Mikhail Gorbachev assumed power in 1985, aspiring players from outside the military have sought to influence the Soviet defense decisionmaking process. As a result, there has been a significant erosion of the monopoly held by the Defense Ministry and the General Staff in formulating Soviet military programs and policy. This report examines the changing structure and context of Soviet defense decisionmaking, emphasizing the growing role of civilians in shaping Soviet national security policy. If these defense intellectuals and other civilians succeed, it may or may not mean an end to the historic competition between the Soviet Union and the West. It will, however, guarantee that any relationship that eventually emerges will entail a more cosmopolitan Soviet adversary and a major alteration in the geopolitical challenge it represents
Risk and uncertainty in Soviet deliberations about war by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

9 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surveys the elements of risk, uncertainty, and unpredictability that might moderate Soviet behavior and undermine the confidence with which Soviet decisionmakers would consider entering into a major military engagement with the United States. Although the report does not question the substantial threat implications of Soviet force improvements that have been under way in recent years, it does describe certain realities of Soviet style and leadership concern about possible Soviet military inadequacies that make the more ominous features of Soviet doctrine and force development appear somewhat less alarming. The analysis is based on a combination of evidence suggested by past Soviet crisis behavior, information offered in Soviet literature concerning troop management and training, and inferences from known or suspected Soviet political practices, organizational characteristics, and operational concerns
Air operations in Israel's war against Hezbollah : learning from Lebanon and getting it right in Gaza by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In response to a surprise incursion by Hezbollah combatants into northern Israel and their abduction of two Israeli soldiers, Israel launched a campaign that included the most complex air offensive to have taken place in the history of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Many believe that the inconclusive results of this war represent a "failure of air power." The author demonstrates that this conclusion is an oversimplification of a more complex reality. He assesses the main details associated with the Israeli Defense Forces' (IDF's) campaign against Hezbollah to correct the record regarding what Israeli air power did and did not accomplish (and promise to accomplish) in the course of contributing to that campaign. He considers IAF operations in the larger context of the numerous premises, constraints, and ultimate errors in both military and civilian leadership strategy choice that drove the Israeli government's decisionmaking throughout the counteroffensive. He also examines the IDF's more successful operation against the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009, to provide points of comparison and contrast in the IDF's conduct of the latter campaign based on lessons learned and assimilated from its earlier combat experience in Lebanon.--Publisher description
Moscow's lessons from the 1982 Lebanon air war by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report reviews Soviet impressions of Israeli air operations during the 1982 Lebanon war. It evaluates a 1983 article published in Soviet Air Force Monthly (whose audience includes Soviet aircrews), that assesses the implications of the Israeli-Syrian air battles. For Western audiences, the article provides insights into how the Soviets have interpreted the Beka'a Valley experience. It appears that the Soviets have either deliberately misrepresented Israel's air combat results to their own pilots or else failed to comprehend the tactical lessons suggested by Israeli combat performance
From Farnborough to Kubinka : an American MiG-29 experience by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the September 1988 Farnborough Air Show, the author met the chief test pilot of the Mikoyan Design Bureau, Valery Menitskii, who had accompanied the Soviet team to supervise the first flight demonstrations of the MiG-29 in the West. That contact led to several more encounters between the author and Menitskii during the ensuing year, culminating in an invitation from Menitskii to the author to fly the MiG-29. On December 15, 1989, the author flew with Menitskii at Kubinka Air Base near Moscow, thus becoming the first U.S. citizen to fly the MiG-29 and the first Western pilot invited to fly a combat aircraft of any type inside Soviet airspace since the end of World War II. This report documents that experience in detail
The state of Western research on Soviet military strategy and policy by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Note reviews Western research on Soviet military thought, with special emphasis on Soviet doctrine and its impact on Soviet force planning and behavior. It traces the evolution of the field since the 1950s; examines the ongoing debate over major issues regarding the Soviet military challenge; discusses problems of evidence and interpretation as they apply to Soviet military research; and suggests new directions for the field. It is the overall character of the Soviet threat, not Soviet doctrine in isolation, that inspires the most heated contention in the current national security debate. Although some of this contention revolves about legitimate differences over the meaning of ambiguous data, it stems for the most part from conflicting a priori assumptions about the Soviet Union. Key words include: Military strategy
Pilot report : MiG-29 by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The transformation of American air power
Alternative Names
Lambeth, Benjamin Simmons.

Lambeth, Benjamin Simmons 1943-

למבת', בנג'מין ס'

램버스, 벤자민 S. 1943-

램버스, 벤저민 S. 1943-

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Mastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of spaceNATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessmentAir power against terror : America's conduct of Operation Enduring FreedomRussia's air power at the crossroadsAmerican carrier air power at the dawn of a new centuryRussia's air power in crisisDesert Storm and its meaning : the view from MoscowCombat pair : the evolution of Air Force-Navy integration in strike warfareAir operations in Israel's war against Hezbollah : learning from Lebanon and getting it right in Gaza