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Lambeth, Benjamin S.

Works: 83 works in 375 publications in 2 languages and 18,185 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Benjamin S Lambeth
Mastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of space by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 2,484 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 professionalswithin the Air Force
NATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessment by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

18 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 2,363 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( )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 2,228 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. The author emphasizes several distinctive achievements in this war, including the use of precision air-delivered 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
Combat pair : the evolution of Air Force-Navy integration in strike warfare by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

15 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,929 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
American carrier air power at the dawn of a new century by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,778 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
Air operations in Israel's war against Hezbollah : learning from Lebanon and getting it right in Gaza by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,664 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
The unseen war : allied air power and the takedown of Saddam Hussein by Benjamin S Lambeth( )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 957 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
The Soviet Union and arms control: a superpower dilemma by Roman Kolkowicz( Book )

10 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 661 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

"Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air power's newly realized strengths in joint warfare, Benjamin Lambeth, a defense analyst and civilian pilot who has flown in most of the equipment described in this book, explores the extent to which the United States can now rely on air-delivered precision weapons in lieu of ground forces to achieve strategic objectives and minimize American casualties." "Beginning with the U.S. experience in Southeast Asia and detailing how failures there set the stage for a sweeping refurbishment of the nation's air warfare capability, Lambeth reviews the recent history of American air power, including its role in the Gulf War and in later operations over Bosnia, Kosovo, and Serbia. He examines improvements in areas ranging from hardware development to aircrew skills and organizational adaptability." "Lambeth acknowledges that the question of whether air power should operate independently or continue to support land operations is likely to remain contentious. He concludes, however, that air power, its strategic effectiveness proven, can now set the conditions for victory even from the outset of combat if applied to its fullest potential."--BOOK JACKET
The warrior who would rule Russia by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and French and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report offers a detailed portrait of retired Russian Army Lieutenant General Aleksandr I. Lebed, who first rose to prominence in 1993 as the commander of Russia's 14th Army in Moldova and later was appointed security advisor in 1996 by the reelected President Boris Yeltsin. Lebed, who himself finished a strong third in the June 16 presidential election, joined forces with Yeltsin and helped ensure the latter's victory in the subsequent July 3 runoff. A richer understanding of Lebed's declared outlook on a broad range of issues can offer valuable insights into what kind of Russia the United States will have to deal with in the years ahead. The report portrays Lebed as a respected professional of strong authoritarian bent and unsure devotion to democracy, yet one who has spoken out against crime and corruption, appears committed to a market economy, and is less aggressively nationalistic than many Western accounts have suggested
Russia's air power at the crossroads by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 200 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
Desert Storm and its meaning : the view from Moscow by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1991 Persian Gulf war is proving to be a fertile source of insight not only for the American military establishment, but also for present and potential allies of the United States around the world. This insight is broad-ranging and involves such considerations as joint planning, technology application, coalition management, training and tactics, and changing patterns in the relative importance of the many combat and combat-support functions performed by the services. This report assesses how Russian defense experts have thus far perceived and drawn policy-useful conclusions from Operation Desert Storm. Although it is commonly observed that losers tend to profit more than winners by the way of lessons learned from such experiences, that observation does not strictly apply to the former USSR, since the Soviet government supported the coalition throughout the Gulf crisis despite the fact that Iraq had been one of its principal arms recipients. All the same, the Soviet defense establishment was more than passingly interested in the combat performance of both sides, and its successor institutions continue to exert major efforts to comprehend the war's course and outcome
Russia's air power in crisis by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moscow's lessons from the 1982 Lebanon air war by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 153 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
Is Soviet defense policy becoming civilianized? by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 138 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
The Strategic Defense Initiative in Soviet planning and policy by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 136 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
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 135 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
From Farnborough to Kubinka : an American MiG-29 experience by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 130 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 )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 105 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
Soviet strategic conduct and the prospects for stability by Benjamin S Lambeth( Book )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout the past decade, the Soviets have refused to entertain SALT proposals that would require the Soviet Union to become an active partner in increasing its own vulnerabilities. They have also revealed a penchant for immoderate levels of arms acquisition, which raises disturbing questions about their willingness to settle for a strategic posture "essentially equivalent" to that of the United States. These features of Soviet strategic style constitute major obstacles in the path of achieving a cooperative solution to the security dilemma traditionally espoused by Western theories of mutual assured destruction. If the United States is to endure as a respectable player in the strategic arms competition, it will have to begin imposing measures conducive to stability through a strategy that appeals primarily to Soviet sensitivities, rather than to the doubtful prospect of eventual Soviet convergence with the preferred concepts of the West
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Mastering the ultimate high ground : next steps in the military uses of space
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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NATO's air war for Kosovo : a strategic and operational assessmentAir power against terror : America's conduct of Operation Enduring FreedomCombat pair : the evolution of Air Force-Navy integration in strike warfareAmerican carrier air power at the dawn of a new centuryAir operations in Israel's war against Hezbollah : learning from Lebanon and getting it right in GazaThe transformation of American air powerThe warrior who would rule RussiaRussia's air power at the crossroads