Doomed to Repeat It How the United States Air Force Can Apply History via Counterinsurgency Lessons Learned to Meet Anti-Access/Area Denial Challenges
Technical Report,01 Aug 2012,01 Aug 2012
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States
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The United States Air Force USAF has expended considerable effort over the past eleven years to conduct counterinsurgency COIN warfare during Overseas Contingency Operations, and in the process has become a combat-experienced force. Unfortunately, eleven years of COIN have caused certain key skill sets to atrophy within the USAF. Future military operations will demand a force capable of delivering decisive effects against anti-access and area denial A2AD warfare techniques however, the current USAF force posture is fundamentally misaligned for the emerging threat situation. The tactical problems that define the A2AD threat are difficult it is essential the USAF internalize the lessons learned in air, space, and cyberspace and develop tactics, techniques, and procedures TTP to maximize our effectiveness for future military operations. Additionally, budget constraints may make modernization efforts to mitigate A2AD threats problematic as well. The USAF is expected to execute effectively on night one of any conflict with the weapons systems available failure to adapt tactics quickly will cost operators heavily. This research follows a problemsolution methodology to determine the applicable lessons learned from past conflicts to adapt to future battlefields. Collection and dissemination of lessons learned from past and current operations adapted to the realities of emerging threats is the key to maximizing the effectiveness of air, space, and cyberspace power in future military operations.