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Small Wars, Small Investments, and Big Dividends: Clarifying Airpower's Indirect Approach Amidst New Strategy and Controversy

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Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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The second anonymously-posited reflection on aviation foreign internal defense AvFID and building partnership capacity BPC reflects valid sentiments within the White SOF community, but is misplaced for two reasons. First, the Air Force is making adjustments to meet the BPC imperative, thought they are minor, greatly insufficient, and existentially threatened at the time that this text is being written. Second, the community of Air Force advisors is not alone in terms of facing hardship in advocating their mission within a service oriented towards conventional mindsets and a command focused on direct action. Career Army Special Forces SF advisors voice similar frustrations. The debate between Black SOF and White SOF proponents is one marked by emotion and parochialism. Much like any passionate quarrel, there is some logic to each partys position. Hegel, master theoretician of dialectic, summarized this state of affairs best by noting that, In a true tragedy, both sides must be right.

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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Government and Political Science

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