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The RAF's Air War in Libya: New Conflicts in the Era of Austerity
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 December 2012
I found "The RAF's Air War in Libya" an excellent and highly informative read. The author provides an authoritative analysis of the UK's involvement in the Libyan air campaign which, refreshingly, is both readable and accessible, regardless of whether the reader has any background in military history.

The introduction and opening chapter sets the context and political drivers, and from here the book explores the nature of the conflict, its historical parallels and perhaps most importantly, the implications for how such battles may play out in the future.

There is plenty in this book to appeal to a wide variety of readers -- from those with an analytical interest in the rationale and conduct of modern air warfare to the casual reader merely seeking a better understanding of this recent conflict. It's an engrossing and compelling read, penned by an author who obviously understands his subject in considerable detail and is capable of drawing out some important lessons for the future. All too often a well-argued and carefully balanced analysis like this only emerges a considerable time later with the perspective of passing years. We're fortunate therefore to have such an insightful book with these events still fresh in our minds.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2012
I bought this book as I felt like I did not understand enough of the military implications of the recent Libyan conflict despite its significance on the international political scene. The recent uprisings across the Middle East and African territories received large journalistic attention, and some devolved into civil conflicts with the events in Libya ultimately leading to the death of its longstanding ruler. However, the NATO's military campaign and its involvement in the conflict has not yet received a great deal of academic attention.

This book was successful in educating me around the military factors within the conflict and their broader implications for the actors involved going forward. Sloggett uses a powerful narrative and takes readers on a journey that is easy to understand while being insightful. The writer structures the book in a manner that allows for a chronology of events to be told, but also to shift focus and step back to assess how the history of the events correlated back to the wider environment of government austerity. Further, they allow the author the freedom to postulate his theories on how the history will evolve in the future for those concerned - providing a logical extension of the past.

All in all, a very well written story on our most recent conflict. I probably would have given it 4 Stars, however, this is the best book out there on Libya at the moment - buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2014
Without wishing to offend Dr Sloggett, this book should have been written as a paper and not a book but all credit to him for convincing someone to publish something so thin and repetetive. From the outset it is obvious that this 'book' is lacking in content but whether this is becuase the author does not know anything more about Op UNIFIED PROTECTOR or becuase he has not been allowed to disclose, I do not know. The beginning of the 'book' is passable and explains some of the history of Libya however, thereafter it really only says a couple of things - in 7 chapters! Dr Sloggett is obviously very pro-Cameron (and Sarkosy too) and seems to credit Cameron solely with success in Libya - there is no mention at all of the part played by the Arab League in securing a UNSCR. He goes on to repeat his few facts in several times in each chapter merely using different words.

This is not a 'book' for academics; if you want to seriously read about operations in Libya then try some of the papers published by RUSI. If you are not an academic and want to know about the RAF in Libya then do not read this! There are many newspaper and aviation magazine articles out there that tell the RAF's story better. Finally, Dr Sloggett's summary has absolutely nothing to do with the title of the 'book'.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2012
This is a most interesting and informative book but the title is perhaps a little ambiguous. Aviation enthusiasts should note that it is not a blow-by-blow account of the Royal Air Force's operations during eight months in 2011, with copious notes of squadrons, aircraft and weapons deployed, their camouflage and markings. Rather, it is a very readable and informative but academic account of how the RAF found itself involved (and conducted itself) in the NATO-led air campaign whose initial purpose was to prevent wholesale and indiscriminate killing of non-combatant Libyan civilians caught up in the so-called "Arab Spring" in Libya, leading to the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.

As befits Dr Sloggett's position as a scientific advisor and military analyst, it looks not only at the background to the RAF's involvement in the United Nations Operation `Unified Protector' as it struggled with cut-backs post SDSR (Strategic Defence and Security Review) but also at the situation in Libya before, during and after the uprising. While much of the information relating to RAF operations became available as events unfolded, this volume brings the events together for the first time, drawing on several contemporary sources.

I would have liked to have seen more on the aviation activities of the Royal Navy's Sea Kings and the Army Air Corps' Apaches (SDSR effecting all three services), under a title like "British Air Power Over Libya", or a more over-arching look at the whole NATO air operation (the full story has yet to appear).

That said, the book is a workmanlike look at the application of air power in an "era of austerity", highlighting the need for comprehensive ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acqusition and Reconnaissance) resources as much as smart weaponry (and the means of delivering it) to ensure maximum effect and minimum collateral damage. It concludes by exploring potential geo-political options for the future of Libya and NATO, as well as offering a critique of the SDSR in the light of Operation `Ellamy' (as the RAF's contribution to `Unified Protector' was known).

As this book was presumably prepared shortly after the cessation of hostilities, more detailed coverage will, undoubtedly, appear in the future but for the here-and-now this is a good start.
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on 14 March 2014
As a candidate for RAF Officer selection this book provided an excellent insight into the intervention in Libya, including an analysis of the events leading up to and following it. The book was excellently written with a great mixture of laymen's terms and military jargon. Easy to read and very informative, I struggled to put it down! If you enjoy reading about recent conflicts and Military History, you will enjoy this book.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
The book is poorly structured, and much of the information in it is from either NATO's daily press releases or the Guardian's online Middle East blog, both of which are already public and will be familiar to anyone who followed the war in 2011. It contains no original insight or information.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2013
didn't find what i thought of but indeed it talked about the lybian crises and give some glimps about their operations
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