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Friday, November 23, 2007

Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era

The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions

This technical report (MG-509-AF) was published by The RAND Corporation in 2006 and was written by Alan J. Vick, Adam Grissom, William Rosenau, Beth Grill and Karl P. Mueller. Often treated by Americans as an exceptional form of warfare, insurgency is anything but. Spanning the globe, centuries, and societies, insurgency is quite common. Given the threat insurgency presents to U.S. interests and allies around the world, the importance of counterinsurgency is no surprise. However, history has shown that insurgencies are rarely defeated by outside powers. Rather, the best role for outsiders is an indirect one: training, advising, and equipping the local nation, which must win the war politically and militarily. And while counterinsurgency might seem to be a task most suited to ground forces, air power has much to contribute. These facts combine to suggest that advising, training, and equipping partner air forces will be a key component of U.S. counterinsurgency efforts worldwide. The authors note that, if the Air Force is to participate in these tasks, it will need to make counterinsurgency an institutional priority, developing the capabilities of its personnel both as advisors and trainers and as combatants, as well as developing the necessary institutional support structures. [Taken from abstract]. This is a PDF file, so Adobe Acrobat software will be required in order to read it.


Afghanistan : Reconstituting a Collapsed State

This is the full text pdf version of a Strategic Studies Institute monograph published in April 2005 and written by Raymond A. Millen. It looks at the reconstruction of Afghanistan following Operation Enduring Freedom, the role of warlords in impeding Afghanistan's revival and examines strategies for post conflict operations and counterinsurgency.


Recommended reading (recommended by David Kilcullen - Australian Counter Insurgency Expert)
Stephen Hosmer