THE POST'S DESERT STORM ARCHIVE
|National Security Directive 54 (NSD-54)|
On January 15, 1991, President George Bush sent a top-secret memo National Security Directive 54 to his top aides outlining his objectives for the coming conflict with Iraq. Among the important areas for the president: maintaining access to Persian Gulf oil, authorizing military action to effect the immediate withdrawal of all Iraqi forces from Kuwait, restoring Kuwait's legitimate government, and destroying Iraq's chemical, biological, and nuclear capabilities. The document was recently released under a Freedom of Information Act request.
|Instant Thunder Strategic Air Campaign|
In response to the invasion of Kuwait, Air Force leaders in August 1990 developed a top-secret plan for an air campaign against Iraq. The plan, known as Instant Thunder, aimed to destroy 84 strategic targets in Iraq in a single week. In contrast to Operation Rolling Thunder's gradualistic approach in bombing Vietnam, Instant Thunder had the objective of moving quickly paralyzing the Iraqi leadership, degrading military capabilitiies, and neutralizing the Iraqi military's will to fight. Eventually, Instant Thunder formed the basis for Phase I and Phase III of Operation Desert Storm, the Allied coalition's comprehensive war plan.
| Gulf War Airpower Survey|
A report on how the Iraqis have rebuilt damaged installations since the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
A statistical overview of the air war assesses damage incurred on Iraqi installations from airstrikes by the U.S. military.
| Heart of the Storm:|
The Genesis of the Air Campaign against Iraq by Col. Richard T. Reynolds, USAF
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