Warfighting 101

The Pentagon is already debating the military lessons of Kosovo. There are some big surprises

On paper, Operation Allied Force may be the sharpest-looking war in American history. The numbers are remarkable: 99.6% of allied bombs--NATO dropped 20,000 of them--found their targets. NATO pilots flew some 35,000 sorties, and though two U.S. planes were shot down, it was the kind of war in which a fighter jock could be hit on an overnight raid and by sunrise be sipping coffee in Italy--and praising the Lord for helping him find the ejection handle. Stunningly, in a war that NATO believes killed some 5,000 Yugoslavs, not a single allied pilot died. Western military technology finally seemed to have...

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