United States Air Force Lessons in Counterinsurgency: Exposing Voids in Doctrinal Guidance
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES
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As it has so often in the past, the United States US military and the US Air Force USAF will undoubtedly provide support across the globe to countries combating insurgents in the future. The host-nation political and military organization and command and control structure governing the deployment and employment of air forces in these wars will have a large impact on the success or failure of air operations and perhaps the national counterinsurgency COIN effort overall. Because of the delicate political nature of wars of insurgency, US involvement in these COIN operations may be indirect or direct and may include actual combat operations. Whichever the case, US airmen may be asked to step into either an existing structure or help develop a COIN air operations architecture and strategy to direct the actions of host nation andor US air assets.
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