"Barbarians at the Gate"
(See P. Marx, pp. 32-36, May 2004 Proceedings)
Major Steven Ziomek, New Jersey Air National Guard-I have to wonder exactly what "war on terror" Paul Marx was referring to when he put down the contribution of air power. While his thesis that the United States must abandon its current global doctrine and focus exclusively on the global war on terrorism is dubious at best, what grabbed my attention is his complete lack of understanding of air power.
According to Marx, "Urban-centric warfare largely negates the supremacy of U.S. air power." After spending a paragraph explaining why air power is ineffective, he finishes by saying, "Helicopters, vertical/short take-off and landing aircraft, unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), and close air support dominate the global war on terrorism air war." All of these are elements of air power. It is only in the Cold War era that Marx claims the Navy and Air Force are stuck in that there was a separation among bombers, fighters, and rotary-wing aircraft.