Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions

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Rand Corporation, Sep 12, 2006 - Study Aids - 204 pages
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United States has engaged in counterinsurgency around the globe for more than a century. But insurgencies have rarely been defeated by outside powers. Rather, the afflicted nation itself must win the war politically and militarily, and the best way to help is to offer advice, training, and equipment. Air power, and the U.S. Air Force, can play an important role in such efforts, which suggests making them an institutional priority.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two The Evolving Insurgency Challenge
7
Lessons from the Cold War and After
27
Chapter Four Grand Strategy and Counterinsurgency
53
Chapter Five A New Framework of Understanding and Responding to Insurgencies
81
Chapter Six The USAF Role in Countering Insurgencies
109
Chapter Seven Conclusions
149
Appendix A States Afflicted by Insurgency
153
Appendix B Estimating Manpower Requirements for Advisory Assistance
155
Bibliography
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Alan J. Vick (Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Irvine) is a Social Scientist at RAND, Washington, DC.

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