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'I welcome this unique volume on air power in UN operations. It provides a close look at the ways peacekeeping and enforcement can be facilitated from the air. It provides an impressive and wide-ranging examination of air power applications from the past and points to how these can be made more effective in the future.'Lieutenant-General The Hon. Romeo A. Dallaire (retired)'Combining rigorous analysis with compelling first-hand experience, and awareness of new technologies with deft appreciation of history, this book provides a compelling account of the use of air power in UN operations which provides both rich insight into its possibilities and frank advice about its limitations and management. Comprehensive and authoritative, it will be core reading for analysts and practitioners alike for years to come.'Alex J. Bellamy, Griffith University, Australia and International Peace Institute'Since 1945 when the United Nations was created in San Francisco, nations often look to this international organization to keep or restore global peace. Professor Walter Dorn's outstanding anthology provides a much needed examination of the UN's air power capabilities for global intervention to halt war-fighting. He and his expert colleagues address, lucidly and with fresh insights, several case studies in which UN air power has played a role in peacekeeping; they examine such key questions as how and under what circumstances the UN has used air power, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of this approach.'Loch K. Johnson, University of Georgia, USA
About the Author
A. Walter Dorn is Professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and chair of the Department of Security and International Affairs at the Canadian Forces College (CFC). As an 'operational professor', he has visited many UN missions and gained direct experience in field missions. He has served in Ethiopia as a UNDP consultant, at UN headquarters as a training adviser and as a consultant with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. He has provided guidance to the UN on introducing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to the Eastern Congo.
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PART I THE UN'S FIRST "AIR FORCE"
01 Planning, Organizing, and Commanding Air Operations in the Congo, 1960
02 Peacekeepers in Combat: Fighter Jets and Bombers in the Congo, 1961-1963
03 A Fine Line: Use of Force, the Cold War, and Canada's Air Support for the UN Organization in the Congo
PART II AIRLIFT: LIFELINE FOR UN MISSIONS
04 Above the Rooftop of the World: Canadian Air Operations in Kashmir and Along the India-Pakistan Border
05 Humanitarian Relief in Haiti, 2010: Honing the Partnership between the US Air Force and the UN
06 Flying Humanitarians: The UN Humanitarian Air Service
PART III AERIAL SURVEILLANCE: EYES IN THE SKY
07 Aerial Surveillance: Eyes in the Sky
08 UN Observer Group in Lebanon: Aerial Surveillance During a Civil War, 1958
09 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Supporting UN Operations: A Commercial Service Model?
PART IV THE UN AND NO-FLY ZONES
10 The UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission and the Southern Non-Fly Zone, 1991-2003
11 Observing Air Power at Work in Sector Sarajevo, 1993-1994: A Personal Account
PART V: COMBAT: ENFORCING THE PEACE
12 Air Operations in Somalia: "Black Hawk Down" Revisted
13 Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia, 1995: Humanitarian Constraints in Aerospace Warfare
14 Combat Air Power in the Congo, 2003-
15 Allied Air Power over Libya
PART VI: EVOLVING CAPABILITIES
16 Advances in Aviation for UN Peacekeeping: A View from UN Headquarters
17 Peace from Above: Envisioning the Future of UN Air Power [free online, search for < 2014 Peace from Above: Envisioning the Future of UN Air Power >]
Thirteen authors came together to create this work under the editorial leadership of Professor Walter Dorn, bracketed by the field experience of LtGen Romeo Dallaire, whose book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda is essential reading in the global to local security literature, and the combined UN aviation field and headquarters leadership of Kevin Shelton-Smith, Chief of the UN Aviation Projects and Planning Department.
It was my privilege to hear all these authors present their views at the conference sponsored by Canada, and I consider all of them to be extraordinary world-class figures whose aggregate knowledge as offered in this book is priceless to any Air Force anywhere -- and of course to UN leaders including those seconded from Member states who need to understand the progress the UN has made in what is arguably the single most important foundation for UN safety and security in expeditionary operations (intelligence is the other plank, the UN is challenged in that arena and likely to remain so for the next decade or two -- but for one view of the possible, search online for < 2012 Robert Steele: Practical Reflections on United Nations Intelligence + UN RECAP > and see the book in my signature line.
Since I have listed the table of contents to help those considering the purchase of the book, I will not do my summary review, but there is one brilliant observation made at the conference by Robert C. Owen of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, to wit: "Bandwidth is more expensive than pilots." While I strongly support the use of drones and especially micro-drones for humanitarian relief -- and applaud all that is being done by Dr. Patrick Meier and CrisisMappers -- I consider the Western move away from live pilots to be one of the most dangerous, ill-considered, and deeply unprofessional developments in modern aviation history. Technology is not a substitute for thinking -- a thinking pilot with 360 degree situational awareness and the judgment to NOT achieve a 98% collateral damage ratio such as CIA has compiled with its assassination drones, is priceless.
I consider the editor, Professor Walter Dorn, to be the dean of the UN scholars, and one of the world's top authorities on peacekeeping technologies -- indeed he is a member of the new UN High-Level Panel on Peacekeeping Technologies, and I am very much looking forward to the book that will emerge from that. Until then, my all time favorite UN publication is A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility--Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
Best wishes to all,
Robert David Steele Vivas
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