Promoting Air Power
The Influence of the U.S. Air Force on the Creation of the National Security State
By Arlene Lazarowitz
This article appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of The Independent Review
When President Harry Truman called for a balanced defense budget, the U.S. Air Force responded by launching a lobbying campaign to replace large naval and ground forces with capital-intensive strategic air power. The Air Force succeeded, having benefited from the publics misconception that the effectiveness of air power during World War II had little to do with land and sea support provided by other branches of the military.