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Military Aviation: Issues and Options for Combating Terrorism and Counterinsurgency

By Bolkcom, Christopher

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Book Id: WPLBN0000109324
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Title: Military Aviation: Issues and Options for Combating Terrorism and Counterinsurgency  
Author: Bolkcom, Christopher
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
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Bolkcom, C. (n.d.). Military Aviation: Issues and Options for Combating Terrorism and Counterinsurgency. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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Introduction: By all accounts, the U.S. military dominates state-on-state conflict. The United States has not faced a true peer military competitor since the Soviet Union disintegrated. Recent conflicts, such as Panama, Libya, Iraq (Desert Storm) Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (Iraqi Freedom) illustrate that U.S. armed forces have proven very effective at achieving classic military objectives against other countries’ armed forces in a variety of circumstances. Achieving politically significant military objectives against non-state actors, including terrorists and insurgents, has proven more difficult...

Table of Contents
Contents Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Challenges of Combating Non-State Actors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Operational challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Mindset Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cost Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Aviation Activities Highly Applicable to Combating Non-State Actors . . . . 5 Close Air Support (CAS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Special Operations Forces (SOF) Germane to Air Operations . . . . . . . 8 Aviation-Foreign Internal Defense (A-FID) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Recent Military Air Operations Against Non-State Actors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Issues and Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Acquisition Priorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Sensors, Intelligence, and Decision Making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Aircraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Potential Mindset Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Decentralization vs. Centralization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Direct action vs. Supporting or Advisory Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

 

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