Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 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.

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http://aerade.cranfield.ac.uk/subject-listing/landwar2.html
the following topics and PDFs are at the above web address.
(see comments section for list of some of the PDFs available)

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

http://www.rand.org/pubs/authors/h/hosmer_stephen.html

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30 million dollar X Price will kick start privately funded rover missions to the moon. Scheduled to happen in the next 5 years and it will be a publicly interactive event as well.

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About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

2 comments on “Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era

  1. Ian Bach
    November 23, 2007

    Ok here is a very cool resource web site I found.

    So for all the conspiracy nuts who saw some DVD or read some wackos book. Read the report. Pay attention to NIST and other technical groups.

    http://aerade.cranfield.ac.uk/subject-listing/landwar2.html
    the following topics and PDFs are at the above web address.

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    9/11 Commission Report

    This is the full text pdf version of the report (7.4 Mb). It is the final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also know as the 9-11 Commission) which was set up to investigate the events surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. It………
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    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.
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    Air Power and Special Forces: A Symbiotic Relationship

    This is Australian Air Power Development Centre (formerly the Air Power Studies Centre) Working Paper 14 by Squadron Leader David Jeffcoat, February 2004. This paper attempts to draw out the synergy between the characteristics of air power and Special Forces that come together so powerfully to make it a formidable combination, and describes its implications for the application of precision firepower. It suggests that the relationship between the two and the increased effectiveness that the combination brings to a battle should be optimised and further exploited.

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    Back to Basics: Avaition Solution to Counter-Insurgent Warfare

    This is the full text of a thesis by Major Arthur Davis which was presented to the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in 2005. This study focuses on the current War on Terror as a conflict against insurgents attacking US power wherever it shows itself through asymmetric means. The primary target of late has been military and civilian convoy operations in Iraq and, to some extent, Afghanistan. By examining past examples of the use of airpower in counterinsurgent warfare, this study will shed light on current failings in both equipment

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    Backgrounder : Iraq’s Insurgency After Zarqawi

    Provided by the Council on Foreign Relations in June 2006 and written by Lionel Beehner, this paper looks at the implications of the death of Abu Musab al Zarqawi the leader of the al Qaeda foreign contingent of the insurgency in post war Iraq. It looks at the impact Zarqawis death could have on the insurgency; how he was viewed by radical muslims; the hierarchy of Zarqawi’s terrorist network; how US led counterterrorism strategy could change; and how his death will affect the new Iraqi government. The site links to related material including a podcast on the legacy of Zarqawi, a profile of Zarqawi and news briefings.

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    and many more excellent pubications from crediable sources.

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  2. Ian Bach
    November 23, 2007

    Stephen Hosmer

    http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj04/fal04/kamps.html
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    Strategic Attack
    Charles Tustin Kamps

    During the interwar years, theorists such as Giulio Douhet, Hugh Trenchard, and William ôBillyâ•œ Mitchell, as well as institutions such as the Air Corps Tactical School, presented competing theories of strategic attack, many of them later put to the test in the crucible of World War II but often with disappointing results. Despite the validity of the conceptual foundations, the US military generally lacked resources to conduct such attacks from the air. Only the atomic strikes against Japan in the last days of the war approached strategic attacks on the scale envisioned by the early airpower advocates. Understandably, postwar strategic thinking became almost exclusively a nuclear planning process.

    To Learn More . . .

    Air Force Doctrine Document (AFDD) 2-1.2. Strategic Attack, 30 September 2003. https://www.doctrine.af.mil/Main.asp?

    Hosmer, Stephen T. Operations against Enemy Leaders. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2001. http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR1385.

    Meilinger, Col Phillip S., ed. The Paths of Heaven: The Evolution of Airpower Theory. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 1997. http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/aul/aupress/Books/Meil-Paths/Paths.pdf.

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