Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

Air Strikes vs Air Lift

With shows like CIS or 24 making fiction appear to be reality, it is no wonder why the citizens of the world cry foul every time civilians die in air strikes. (trust me I moarn them also but….)

Viewers of these TV shows see instant communications and imagery via satellites being used in real-time by the characters like Jack Bower. Sorry I don’t actually watch these shows, never have, never will (to fake for my blood). Yet the social consciousness of the world cries out when real life does not happen like on TV. I admit it would be nice in a perfect world where only bad guys die, but we don’t live in that world. Our air power has come under tighter and tougher scrutiny by people who don’t understand our capabilities. Yet the most damaging is most peoples lack of understanding about what we are “not capable of” and about the road bumps in the systems (both mechanical and human).

The U.S. Air Force has begun to look at its role in the future, and what changes will need to be implemented. The most specific immediate need for change in the Air Force has been outlined by Rand (click here for the PDF file) in 2006. In brief we will need to train men to be advisors and trainers of air forces for countries who are fighting insurgencies. The first country that will visibly benefit from this will most likely be Iraq. Of course Afghanistan will also need this soon as well as many other countries such as in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. These new national air forces most likely won’t look like ours. Instead we should expect a focus on drone spotter style unmanned vehicles (UAVs) and heavy lift cargo aircraft. The heavy lift cargo planes play many roles including humanitarian aide during disasters (manmade or natural).

With the recent air strikes in the Kurdish Northern Iraq and the growing voices against air strikes in Afghanistan. We should expect to see our military branches continue to work towards smaller payloads and limited air assaults. Meanwhile, insurgents continue to hide amongst civilians (weather they be family or servants or innocents) compounding an already bad problem.

Places like Serbia in 1999 are an example of air power overused and abused. When governments opt to take the easy way out (both politically and financially) they send in the air force to carry out air strikes that backfire on us in the public arena. From the cockpit we carry out attacks relying on information from ground forces, central command, and politicians. Until the decision makers are forced to confront the issues we will continue to see mistakes and abuses. These mistakes often create more of a problem then what existed prior to the action.

Yet for now the public cries will continue to go unanswered until we can create a fundamental change in thinking of the politicians and the pencil pushers.

In the mean time our troops come home to no fanfare, no parades, no heros welcome. Yet they have served their country, put their lives on the line, and in many cases achieved great deeds, that go unsung. I salute these brave men who during this holiday season continue to fight the good fight. – Ian Bach


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.

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