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The Future of Aviation Security Forces Assistance in West Africa

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Technical Report,26 Jun 2017,24 May 2018

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This monograph examines how the US military can better provide aviation-based security forces assistance SFA to developing Western African nations currently engaged in operations against rebel groups. To increase the effectiveness of SFA in Western Africa, the US Air Force USAF will need to refocus its efforts from merely training pilots in operations to educating officers in airpower theory development. In order to support this effort, the USAF must work through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency to ensure partner nations can procure the equipment best able to support their national airpower theory and doctrine. Finally, the USAF should work with the US Army to create a joint security force assistance unit that integrates capabilities from both services. This monograph analyzes case studies of aviation development in Vietnam and Afghanistan, in order to assess past and current aviation-based SFA efforts to derive lessons learned and best practices for future implementation.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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