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Much of the European perspective in Mitchell's thinking would emerge in starker outline in the late 1920s. In many of his earlier writings, for instance, he described an oceangoing bomber that would have to be in range, size, and accuracy, a plane that could accomplish offensive actions into an enemy's heartland. Opportunities for such attacks by the United States were thinly disguised in his many descriptions of American cities under strategic bombardment, published in his polemics early in the decade and in more detail in 1925 in a series of magazine articles that were eventually included in Winged Defense.
65 Unfortunately, Mitchell's plans for American aviation outran the existing technology and thus the prevailing mood of "normalcy," isolationism, and economy. By 1924 he had no issue, which could overcome the bureaucratic morass of interservice and congressional wrangling, < previous page page_23 next page > < previous page page_24 next page > Page 24 to elicit the reforms and support he desired. " 66 The court-martial in the fall of 1925 was a turning point for Mitchell. Prior to it, his theories were closely tied to both the tactical as well as the strategic realities of air warfare.
63 And like Douhet, he relegated land and sea (except submarines) to < previous page page_22 next page > < previous page page_23 next page > Page 23 secondary, defensive roles. Moreover, both men also agreed on the assumption that the current era was one of total war; on the rapidity of change itself in the area of aircraft research and development; and on the importance of civil aviation as a basis during peace for wartime expansion. Finally, Mitchell was as adamant as the Italian about the creation of an independent air force, which in his scheme would be under a "Ministry of Defense" charged with coordinating the functions of the three services as well as their wartime roles.