Nation Building: The Army Aviation Contribution
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The national security strategy involves an expanded national defense mission that includes peacetime operations to improve and promote stability in foreign countries. The cornerstone document of US Army doctrine is Airland Battle-Future ALBF. Nation assistance is defined in ALBF as the mission of assisting a Host Nation HN in its efforts to restructure, reinforce, or rebuild its formal and informal institutions. Nation building operations contribute to stability in foreign countries thereby enhancing US national security. This paper will discuss the contribution that Army aviation can make to nation assistance operations, provide principles for integrating army aviation into emerging ALBF nation assistance doctrine, and propose recommendations that when implemented can assist host nation governments in the development of their internal army aviation organizations. The discussion in this paper will focus on the need for US nation assistance forces to assist host nation countries in Central America to develop internal aviation organizations that can be used in dual roles to support nation building initiatives. The intent of the paper is to suggest that US Army aviation should perform nation assistance operations in concert with other US military forces and in participation with the forces of the host nation.
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