Courses of Action for Enhancing U.S. Air Force "Irregular Warfare" Capabilities: A Functional Solutions Analysis

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The U.S. Air Force leadership plans in the near term to identify and implement a range of initiatives for enhancing the service1s contributions to irregular warfare (IWW) operations. This monograph is the result of a 3quick-turn2 study to provide the leadership with a menu of actions it could consider to strengthen and expand the Air Force1s capabilities to take part in joint and interagency efforts in irregular warfare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833048745
  • Publisher: Rand Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/16/2010
  • Pages: 90
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface iii

Figures vii

Tables ix

Summary xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Abbreviations xxv

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Objectives and Approach 2

Organization of This Monograph 5

Chapter 2 Engaging in Irregular Warfare 7

Conducting Air Operations in Irregular Warfare 8

Air Operations in Iraq 10

Air Operations in Afghanistan and Beyond 11

Adapting the U. S. Air Force Approach to Irregular Warfare 12

Chapter 3 Exploring Courses of Action for Irregular Warfare 15

Course of Action 0: Set the Climate 17

Course of Action 1: Succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan 20

Push More Air Force Capability and Capacity Forward to/ Within the Theater 21

Prepare the Air Force for Protracted Joint Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan 24

Broaden, Formalize, and Accelerate Efforts co Build Iraqi and Afghan Air Arms 25

Course of Action 2: Support Partners Globally 27

Course of Action 3: Ensure Future Access and Action 31

Summary of Courses of Action 33

Chapter 4 Recommendations for Successful Implementation of Irregular Warfare Initiatives 37

Four Requirements for Successful Organizational Change 37

The Importance of Air Force Technology Leadership 38

Chapter 5 Conclusions 41


A Snapshot Descriptions of the Irregular Warfare Initiatives 45

B Estimates of Resources Required for Irregular Warfare Initiatives 77

Bibliography 85

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