Was the war in Kosovo the sort of war the United States is likely to fight in the early part of this new century? The U.S. Air Force apparently believes so and is raising this question by making the Kosovo air war its typical major theater war (MTW) for the new Quadrennial Defense Review.
The Air Force has been crowing for some time that in Kosovo, for the very first time, modern air power won a war single-handed, even though the triumph was delayed because politicians shrank from the use of sufficient force to shock the Serbs at the outset. Some supporters now contrast rapid dominance, achieved by long-range aircraft, with the older concept of rapid deployment. If indeed the Air Force can now triumph in war single-handedly, then presumably it deserves the lion's share of scarce defense funds.