Balancing Kinetic Effects of Airpower with Counterin Surgency Objectives in Afghanistan Eugene McFeely

ISBN: 9781288821259

Published: February 28th 2013

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40 pages


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Balancing Kinetic Effects of Airpower with Counterin Surgency Objectives in Afghanistan  by  Eugene McFeely

Balancing Kinetic Effects of Airpower with Counterin Surgency Objectives in Afghanistan by Eugene McFeely
February 28th 2013 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 40 pages | ISBN: 9781288821259 | 3.34 Mb

Airpower, an important instrument in the tool kit of a Combatant Commander, may be used in both a kinetic and non-kinetic manner. In Afghanistan, where operations are spread across a vast area and the terrain creates challenges for other elements ofMoreAirpower, an important instrument in the tool kit of a Combatant Commander, may be used in both a kinetic and non-kinetic manner. In Afghanistan, where operations are spread across a vast area and the terrain creates challenges for other elements of joint fire support, kinetic effects from the air component have been particularly important to support operations.

Anti-Coalition Militants are unable to negate the effects of kinetic airpower via direct means and have turned to indirect measures to attempt to limit its effectiveness. The Anti-Coalition Militant indirect approach of inducing and exploiting civilian casualties has brought a great deal of negative attention regarding the use of kinetic airpower in Afghanistan. This negative attention has had the strategic effect of straining U.S. - Afghan relations and caused the USCENTCOM Commander to review the use of kinetic airpower -- thus jeopardizing the use of this valuable asset in theater.

This paper addresses how the U.S. can balance the kinetic effects of airpower with strategic objectives in counterinsurgency.



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