Aerial Blockades in Historical, Legal, and Practical Perspective

  • Michael N. SchmittEmail author


This chapter examines aerial blockades, a relatively untested method of warfare. Since sea blockades have long been an element of naval warfare, historical examples of naval blockades are discussed as a means of placing aerial blockades in context. Drawing on the law of naval warfare relevant to blockades, the chapter suggests legal criteria for, and legal limitations on, the maintenance of aerial blockades. It also delves into the practical aspects of mounting such operations. The chapter concludes that aerial blockades are a useful, lawful and practical method of warfare.


Supra Note Security Council International Civil Aviation Organization Naval Force Cuban Missile Crisis 
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Air defense identification zone


Aeronautical information publication


Airborne warning and control system


Combat air patrol


Electronic intelligence


Flight information regions


International civil aviation organization


Identify friend or foe


International federation of airline pilots associations


Notice to airmen


Notices to mariners


Signals intelligence


Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


Visual flight rules


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United States Naval War CollegeNewportUSA

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