Flight Risk: The Coalition's Air Advisory Mission in Afghanistan, 2005-2015

Flight Risk: The Coalition's Air Advisory Mission in Afghanistan, 2005-2015

by Forrest L. Marion

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682473368
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Series: History of Military Aviation Series
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author


Forrest L. Marion is a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve colonel and has a PhD in U.S. history from the University of Tennessee. He is an oral historian and staff historian at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He deployed as joint task force historian to the southern Philippines (2002) and as air advisor wing historian to Afghanistan (2009, 2011).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations x

Foreword xii

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

1 Afghan Air Power. 1919-1989: A Pattern Emerges 7

2 Afghan Air Power. 1990-2005: Sustained, Splintered, and Stricken 29

3 2005-2010: "Building Air Power for Afghanistan" 47

4 January-April 2011: Cautious Optimism, Treachery, and Unanswered Questions 85

5 May 2011-July 2013: Recovery, New Aircraft, and Old Issues 122

6 August 2013-December 2014: An Accelerated Departure, Almost 158

7 2015: A Failing "Institutional" Air Advisor Mission? 196

Appendix 1 Report, Brig. Gen. David W. Allvin, USAF, to NATC-A ALL, "NATC-A Commander's Guidance, March 2011," released 3 April 2011 217

Appendix 2 E-mail, Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant, USAF, to [various 438AEW personnel],"C2 Update and RFI on C2 Shortfalls," 16 April 2011 221

Appendix 3 List of Air Advisor Operational Losses and Contractor Losses in Afghanistan, 2011-2015 223

Appendix 4 Air Advisor Memorial 224

Notes 227

Selected Bibliography 323

Index 345

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