United States Air Force Counterinsurgency Operations Capabilities, the Ground Dimension...Are We on the Right Glide Slope
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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Todays military forces face asymmetrical threats arrayed throughout a non-linear battle field environment. No longer are enemy and friendly forces positioned in a linear fashion with a clearly defined forward edge of the battle area FEBA. In years past, friendly forces enjoyed some semblance of security in the rear area, as hostilities were typically associated with the frontline. United States Air Forces USAF were typically positioned in areas well behind the FEBA, operating in a relatively permissive environment. Todays environment has USAF forces stationed and operating directly in the midst of the non-linear battle-space, especially in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM OIF.